Trap shooters will take aim at improving the orthopedics services of SSM Health St. Clare Hospital next weekend in Baraboo.
St. Clare Foundation’s sixth annual trap shoot fundraiser June 22 is an effort to purchase upgraded technology and equipment at a time when orthopedics departments everywhere would welcome a funding boost, Foundation Board President John Alt said.
“As the population ages, orthopedic needs continue to grow,” Alt said. “I’m one of those baby boomers who has taken advantage of the various orthopedic procedures people need when they get older and it just seems like a very fitting place to put our efforts at this time.”
Alt — who has had both of his knees replaced in recent years — is a regular participant of the trap shoot event that costs $20 for one round of shooting and lunch at Circus City Sportsman’s Club.
He said he’s not in it for the available prizes of chicken, pizza and bratwurst.
“I’m a long way from winning,” Alt said with a laugh, “but I enjoy it very much and so does my family. There are tons of golf outings and other things that you would expect to find in the summer — and they’re held for worthy causes, too — but this is something totally different.”
The event starts at 10 a.m. with lunch at noon. The Annie Oakley shoot starts at 1 p.m. and the shooting continues throughout the afternoon along with drawings for raffle prizes, St. Clare Foundation Executive Director Julia Randles said.
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“It is unique to our area and we feel that’s part of the fun,” Randles said. “You’re able to try something new if you’ve never done it, and if you’re a sportsman or sportswoman — and we have many in our area — it’s just great opportunity for a fun afternoon in support of the hospital. We’ve had a great turnout for this event throughout the years.”
Randles said the event regularly raises between $7,000 and $10,000. Proceeds from the fifth annual event helped fund a scholarship program for hospital staff.
In 2018, the foundation made purchases totaling more than $220,000 for employee clinical scholarships, in support of technology upgrades, and for various community projects, including its annual donation of $4,000 worth of hygiene supplies for local food pantries in Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells, Randles said.
“Technology changes very quickly,” she said of this year’s fundraiser for orthopedics. “We feel it’s so important to be on the cutting edge of technology and we want the best equipment for our patients.
“We feel very blessed by this community’s support for the event and for our foundation.”