The fourth annual sporting clay competition “Aim High” fundraiser for Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso raised $37,048.61!
The two-day event was hosted at the Ponderosa Springs Ranch, owned by Paul and Stacy Turney in the historic settlement of Lincoln, east of Ruidoso.
The competition drew 170 shooters for the two-day fundraising event. The top teams this year that took home High Team buckles on Saturday were members of the Alliance team from Amarillo, Texas with a score of 366 and second place winners were members of the Plaska Contractors team also from Amarillo, Texas with a score of 357 who took home custom-made knives all from Champion’s Choice Buckles by Jake Harris.
Our youth teams this year and were proudly sponsored by Mossy Oak Properties, Sidwell Services, and Flash Paving and Sealcoating. We awarded a Junior Shooter buckle to Dillon Lopez from Carlsbad, NM who scored 91 out of 100 clays.
The evening banquet was at the Inn of the Mountain Gods where 2 Shots Down performed live with auction and raffles occurring throughout the evening. The lucky winners of our 2 largest drawings were Brian Samson from Ruidoso, who won the Beretta A400 Xcel shotgun and Paul Tunell from Roswell (pictured at right), who won the 2018 Polaris Ranger Crew. Congratulations to Dink Bowen who took home a Mossberg 20 gauge shotgun and Jerry Leonard who won a Ruger 10-22 on Sunday.
Our event is growing each year and could not be done without the amazing support of our sponsors, participants, and volunteers. After this year’s event we have raised a total of $102,798.43! To have the community behind us and support higher education in this way ensures that our student community will grow and flourish. I sincerely appreciate all the support that is given to AIM HIGH and I will continue to dedicate my time cultivating and promoting this remarkable sporting clay event!
Rhonda Vincent, ENMU-Ruidoso Foundation Director
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