This year marks Haselden Construction’s fourth annual clay shoot benefiting Homes For Our Troops. The fundraiser started as the brainchild of Laura Hoff, Senior Estimator at Haselden, who wanted to create an event that would encourage relationships between Haselden and our subcontractors as well as owners in a setting outside the office and job sites.
“I wanted to organize something that would be fun and really give people a chance to interact,” said Laura. “But we also wanted to ensure that we used the opportunity to support a great cause. We chose a veteran charity because everyone is affected by the sacrifices they make—everyone appreciates the freedoms we enjoy because of those sacrifices.”
Why Homes For Our Troops?
How did Laura decide on Homes For Our Troops? Lots of research! It was important to Haselden that the money raised from the shoot go directly to those it was intended to benefit, not to overhead. By checking several different charities’ assessments on sites like CharityWatch, Laura established which organizations met that criteria along with how money was managed, etc. “We also wanted the money to stay local, in our community,” Laura stated. “With Homes For Our Troops, we often have the opportunity to work on the house we’ve raised money for and meet the people that are going to live there.”
The event has also resulted in inspiring non-Haselden attendees to become more involved with Homes For Our Troops (HFOT). Beginning with our first event, HFOT president Tim McHale has attended the event, speaking to the participants about the organization and introducing the veterans who speak at the event.
Giving people a chance to meet those who run the foundation, as well as those it benefits, establishes a sense of partnership that just writing a check does not. LPR Construction Co., a local steel erector, was so inspired by HFOT that they decided to become more directly involved as donors.
Over the last three years, Haselden has raised a total of nearly $200,000 for Homes For Our Troops through this event. “Last year alone brought in almost $80,000,” stated Hoff, “and we hope to surpass that this year.” Already there are companies signed up for several of the major sponsorships, including Drake Williams Steel as the Platinum Sponsor, Encore Electric as the Gold Sponsor, US Engineering as the Bronze Sponsor, Falcon Plumbing & Heating as the Lunch Sponsor, Brundage Bone as the Beverage Sponsor, United Rentals as the Breakfast Sponsor, Tower Electric and KL&A as the General Raffle Sponsors, and Large Prize Sponsors Weifield Group, RK Mechanical, Redd Iron, and Colorado Gun Safes. There are several sponsorships still available, and team registration for the event—which takes place June 9th at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club—is now officially open. To learn more or sign up to sponsor or register your team to shoot, click the button below. To volunteer at the event, just fill out the email form!