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Skeet shooting fundraiser gives to great causes

Skeet shooting fundraiser gives to great causes

Hunting season is over, but you can still practice your shooting skills and have a great day of fun while raising money for a good cause! Get your shotguns ready because the 4th Annual Shooting Da Crap Clay Shooting Competition is back!

"I wanted to have a fundraiser that involved shooting. Many people enjoy hunting and shooting, so I thought a clay skeet shooting contest would make for a great fundraiser," says Chad Boudreaux, owner and president of Joe's Septic Contractors. "No one has ever done a skeet shooting competition before, so, four years ago, Shooting Da Crap was born."

It's a competitive skeet shooting tournament comprised of teams of four with a $500 entry fee. Contestants shoot at clay targets from port-o-lets with a large window cut out at ten different stations set up behind Joe's Septic Contractors’ office on Hwy. 3235 in Cut Off. The shooting course extends throughout the property to the 40-acre canal.

The Shooting Da Crap clay shooting competition is set for Saturday, February 28 with two starting times – 8 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. – held rain or shine.

A four-person team can register as a Gold Sponsor for $2,000 and receive a shell bag, shirt big board sponsorship and a box sponsorship. The Platinum sponsorship is $5,000 per team and also includes an over and under 12 gauge shotgun per team member and placement of a company tent at the event. Box sponsorships can be purchased for $250 and ensures your name on one of the shooting stations.

The fundraiser has generated nearly $70,000 during the past three years; nearly $40,000 was raised last year alone. The fundraiser itself is a 501(c)3 non-profit event that donates the proceeds it generates to two worthy organizations: Give Kids the World (GKTW), a 70-acre facility in central Florida catering to children with life-threatening illnesses, and the Center for Pediatric Therapies, Inc. (CPT), located in Schriever.

Boudreaux, wife Trixy, and sons, Mason and Colt, traveled to GKTW to present the funds personally the last two years.

The South Lafourche community has ties to both benefactors of the clay shooting fundraiser and so do the Boudreauxs themselves. Mason traveled to and volunteered at the GKTW while a student at LCO. Colt receives speech therapy at CPT.

"You go to these places and it really hits home how blessed we are. You want to give back and help," said Boudreaux.

"This year we're raffling off a Recon 2 wheel drive 4-wheeler. It's the first time ever," says Boudreaux.
All registered shooters are automatically entered in the drawing which is held at the conclusion of the tournament and awards ceremony.

The prize was purchased by Chad and Trixy and is just an example of the many acts that he routinely performs but never boasts or even speaks about.

Boudreaux was recently awarded the Lafourche Chamber of Commerce's prestigious Business Person of the Year Award at its annual awards banquet in December. It’s confirmation that the community has definitely noticed the selfless good that Boudreaux has accomplished throughout his business career.

Boudreaux started the Shooting Da Crap fundraiser as a way to give back to the community that he lives in and loves.

"I wanted to give back," says Boudreaux. "This community has given me and my family so much. I just wanted to give back, someway, somehow," he says modestly.

"I am very thankful and appreciative for all the support this great fundraiser has received from the community.

Local businesses and business leaders have truly been so supportive with sponsorships, entering teams and by donating auction items. I can't say 'thank you' enough to the community," he adds.

There is a live auction that helps generate even more funds for the day-long fundraiser.

"We even have port-o-lets with mystery items inside," says Boudreaux. "Last year we had a shotgun, a gift bag and even a live chicken in one. We laughed when the chicken came running out … it left an egg in the port-o-let," he says with a laugh. “And, no! No one has ever asked to keep the port-o-let to bring home,” he adds with a hearty chuckle.

The fundraiser is a day filled with fun and firsts for shooters. There are tents set up with live music, food and beverages of all kinds.

"This year we are excited to have Roland Cheramie and his band entertaining everyone under the tent all day long," says Boudreaux.

When contestants aren’t under the tent feasting on white beans, pastalaya or enjoying a beverage, they are on the course shooting from a standing position in one of ten port-o-lets with windows cut out, sorta kin to a duck blind. That's gotta be a first for some contestants!

There is an optional 11th station – a toilet – and it's the Long Bird contest. For a $10 fee, you get five clays with two shots from a single gun. Hit a skeet while firing from the seated position atop the toilet and get a chance to win a free gun. Awards are presented in team, individual, ladies and youth categories at the conclusion of the tournament.

It's a long day for Boudreaux. He is on the ground at 5 a.m. and directs the nearly 50 volunteers, including the South Lafourche High School National Honor Society. There are the thousands of clay shooting sets that have to be set out along the course. There are dozens of people calling out his name all day.

"It makes for a long day but I love it! It's a great event and we get to make money that helps children," he adds.

If you would like to enter the Shooting Da Crap Clay Shooting competition, become a sponsor, volunteer or donate auction items, call Joe's Septic Contractors at (985) 632-5592.