Last Saturday, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation partnered with Sordoni Construction to raise money for the Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. Instead of hosting a golf outing or Chicken BBQ, participants were invited to shoot pigeons-clay pigeons that is – at Rock Mt. Sporting Clays in Springville, PA. In total, roughly 120 participants (or 27 teams) came to shoot for this cause while networking and enjoying some good BBQ. Thankfully the balmy weather held off just long enough to finish the tournament.
Often described as “golf with a shotgun,” sporting clays is a skill-game where participants, maneuvering over natural terrain, must takeout clay pigeons at different angles, speeds, elevations and distances. The sport, which has been around since early 1900s, simulates the unpredictability of small game and bird hunting. Scores are usually calculated by recording how many clay pigeons are broken (or hit) out of 50 or 100. Usually the course is broken into 10 – 15 stations where participants fire 6 – 10 shots at each. Due to the overwhelming interest in this tournament, the course was lengthened to 25 stations with 4 shots each, a very unusual layout but a great situation to have when raising money.
Many of participants came from the natural gas industry here in the Northern Tier, representing everything from engineering to environmental services. A few participants even traveled in from as far away as Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
Although the school was the real winner, raising thousands of dollars to support quality education for students disadvantaged by deafness, some congratulations are in order for team NWPOA (Top Overall Team), Lolly Brasseaux (Top overall Man) and Stephanie Paluda (Top Overall Woman). Each winner received a $25 gift certificate to The Inn at Montrose. In addition to the sporting clay competition, a Winchester Model 50 (Collector’s Item) with a fiberglass barrel was raffled off to raise extra money for the school. The lucky recipient of the shotgun was Fred Ostroski of Linde Corporation.
Donald E. Rhoten, CEO of the School, finished off the event with a speech about community contributions and what these funds mean to the Scranton School in particular. He finished his speech “Drill Baby Drill,” receiving a rousing cheer from the audience.