“This is the best part about the Shootout, being able to give back to the community and we're blessed we have such a fantastic event and so many volunteers,” Duggan said. “This was a number we really wanted to get to."
CODY MROCZKA, email@example.com
Ten years after the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout moved to its current spot and host location of Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill in Sunrise Beach, organizers were proud to announce that this year’s donation of $200,000 to local non-profits and fire protections districts has met a lofty goal.
A total of 36 organizations that supplied 678 volunteers and logged over 8,800 hours of volunteer service for Shootout events received individual checks on Saturday, Oct. 21 as President Ron Duggan also proudly announced a total of $1,143,000 has been given back to local organizations over the past decade.
“This is the best part about the Shootout, being able to give back to the community and we’re blessed we have such a fantastic event and so many volunteers,” Duggan said. “This was a number we really wanted to get to. The one thing we set out as a board and as a community was to expand this benefit to more than just the four fire departments that were putting on the event. We’re really happy to surpass the million dollar mark this year.”
According to Duggan, donations are calculated using a formula based on volunteer hours and the nature of service with medical personnel such as doctors, nurses and emergency services personnel on the water receiving the most weight. A total of eight fire protection districts and 28 charities and organizations received donations ranging from $26,135 to $384.
Although the event has seen significant expansion since it started in 1988, Duggan said the Shootout Committee is looking to expand even more in the coming years.
“Since it moved here 10 years ago, the sky is the limit for what we’re going to do in the next 10 years. We have such support of the community and from all the local officials and fire department, water patrol and everybody. We’ve got some lofty goals,” Duggan said. “The Shootout is going to take another step; it’s time. We’re looking at bringing on an executive director, a full-time position, and we’re hoping to get that done in the next few months.”
Duggan said the event will aim to reach the $2.5-million mark for donations in the next 10 years.
Fire Districts and Associations:
Coffman Bend — $26,135
Northwest — $10,250
Mid-County — $10,000
Sunrise Beach — $6,235
DD/FF 14 & 17 — $4,050
Rocky Mount — $3,850
Osage Beach — $3,100
Lake Ozark — $1,250
2017 Shootout Charities:
Laurie Elks Club — $17,066
Lake West Chamber of Commerce — $16,210
Make-A-Wish Foundation — $16,077
Sharing and Caring Foundation — $14,201
Kids Harbor — $9,690
Knights of Columbus - St. Pats — $10,875
L.O.W.A. — $8,735
Laurie/Sunrise Beach Rotary —$7,175
Forget Me Not Horse Rescue — $4,700
L.O.S.A. — $3,200
Green view Elks $3,100
Dogwood Animal Shelter — $2,775
Camdenton Optimism — $2,250
E4C — $2,090
Water Safety Council — $1,572
Ozark Coast Kiwanis — $1,175
Elks Club #2858 — $1,175
C.L.E.A.R. — $1,150
Missouri Naturalists — $1,015
Boat Drop Recipients — $1,974
Camden County Sheriff’s Employees Association — $1,080
City of Lake Ozark — $1,000
VFW — $1,000
Boy Scouts of America — $1,000
Ivy Bend Food Pantry — $900
Habitat For Humanity — $850
C.A.D.V. — $850
Lake Area Arts Council — $384