The 4th Annual Clay Bird Shoot to benefit the Thomas Schmid Memorial Scholarship will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1.
Brother Schmid, a third-generation Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 member, died Sept. 27, 2016 in an ATV accident at age 26. He was also a volunteer fire fighter with Orchard Farm and Rivers Pointe fire districts.
“In lieu of flowers, we decided to start a non-profit scholarship program in Tommy’s memory because he was always helping others,” said his father Mike Schmid, who recently retired from Local 36 after 40 years. “His friends came up with the idea of holding the clay bird shoot to raise money for the program.
Schmid graduated from Orchard Farm High School in 2009. The scholarship is open to seniors at Orchard Farm or Lewis and Clark Career Center who are pursuing an education in technical training or agriculture.
Nick Ostmann, a member of Operating Engineers Local 513 who went to school with Schmid, said the group decided on the clay shoot since Tommy was such an avid outdoorsman.
“We shot clay birds together for 4-H,” Ostmann said. “The event has grown each year.”
This year’s event will be held at Blackhawk Valley Hunting Preserve, 1259 Brevator Road in Old Monroe, Mo. Sign up starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. Shooting begins at 9 a.m.
The cost is $240 per team (four-man scramble) and each team member will receive 56 birds. Prizes will be given to the first-place winners of A, B and C flights. Food and drinks will be provided.
Silent auctions, a gun raffle and other raffles will take place during the shoot. Credit card machines will be available at the event for team entry and purchase of silent auction and raffle items.
RAFFLE TICKETS & SPONSORSHIPS
For information on purchasing gun raffle tickets, being a station sponsor or donating silent auction or raffle items, please contact Brady Burke at 314-537-5803.
Guests are asked to pre-register for the event by July 20 by calling Ostmann at 314-956-2333.