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June 04, 2014

Sporting Clay shooting event benefits Craig Hospital

More than 225 people gathered on the plains in Bennett, Colorado on May 16 for the annualBelair Sitework Services Sporting Clays shooting benefit for Craig Hospital.

The company was originally introduced to Craig when it helped build the Mike Utley Terrain Park. Proceeds from the event go to Craig’s Therapeutic Recreation department.

Belair Sporting Clays participants gather for a morning briefing.

Belair Sporting Clays participants gather for a morning briefing.

Belair, a leader in the construction and sitework industry with offices in Denver, Minnesota and Florida, conducts a charity event each year. “When I took over as general manager, the owners were very upfront—I was charged with taking care of the company and the community,” says Tim Burkhart, Belair COO and General Manager. “Our mission is to serve our stakeholders—and that includes the community we live and work in.”

The company originally hosted a charity golf tournament, but switched to a clay shoot 12 years ago.

“Shooting is more fun, it attracts a different crowd, and this event provides a better profit margin for Craig,” Burkhart says.

Planning for the event starts in February of each year, and everyone in their office is involved in coordinating some part of the event. The day-long shoot takes place at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club and includes a pancake breakfast, lunch, silent auction, prizes, drawings and giveaways.

Craig graduate Richard Sanchez shoots in the Belair Sitework Services Sporting Clays Shooting Benefit on May 16.

Craig graduate Richard Sanchez shoots in the Belair Sitework Services Sporting Clays Shooting Benefit on May 16.

Teams are made up of Belair’s vendors, suppliers and subcontractors. A team of made up of Craig staff members and graduates also participates each year.

“It’s wonderful seeing people in using wheelchairs being able to out here shooting, says Burkhart. “Craig gives them the opportunity to get back to doing something they loved—it’s just inspiring.”

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