Survivors of World War II veterans are benefiting from the generosity of the sporting women of the county thanks to a donation from the Eastern Hills Rod, Gun, and Conservation Club.
The club holds an instructional day for sporting women each July and as part of the event they raise funds for local charities.
“We want to give back to the community because they are the ones making this event what it is,” Eastern Hills Vice President George Clark said. “The military is a good fit for us.”
The funds raised were used to purchase $50 Kroger gift cards which have been donated to the widows of WWII veterans through the Disabled American Veterans Clermont Chapter no. 63. Veterans Service Commission Vice President Howard Daugherty accepted the donation on behalf of the DAV.
The funds were raised through a silent auction held during the training day. Barbara Pacella is a committee member for the event and she said a total of 60 items were donated to the auction by local restaurants and businesses as well as Eastern Hills members. In total, $2,345 was raised.
Pacella said the women also brought canned goods to the event in exchange for raffle tickets. The food was donated to the YWCA.
Eastern Hills has been hosting the sporting women's day for seven years. Pacella said the event becomes more popular each year and the women enjoy the day a great deal. The classes range from pistol shooting, skeet shooting, archery, and fly fishing, to jewelry and soap making, and wild herb collecting.
"It's a lot of fun and a lot of women come back each year," Pacella said. "It opens doors for women to try different activities outside that they may not have considered otherwise."
All of the instructors volunteer their time and Clark said that while some core classes are always offered, they try to bring in new classes each year for the returning women.
Last year's event brought 140 women to the Eastern Hills club in Stonelick Township and Clark said they offered 20 different classes. Each woman was given the opportunity to take four hour classes during the event which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Clark said there are several sponsors for the event and the club purchases equipment to be used by the women through a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
For more information visit their website at www.sportingwomen.org.