RI State Troopers and the Preserve Sporting Club hold Special Olympics fundraiser

RICHMOND, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island State Troopers Association teamed up with the Preserve Sporting Club, holding a sold out, socially-distanced fundraiser to benefit Rhode Island’s Special Olympics Athletes.

Sunday afternoon, more than 150 participants hit both the fields, and their targets.

The fundraiser consisted of clay shooting at 19 different locations.  Clay shooting is one of the fastest growing sports in the US, the Preserve Sporting Club is considered to be one of the leading destinations of its kind on the East Coast.

The Chief Executive Officer of the RI Special Olympics organization, Dennis DeJesus, told ABC6, ““Conservatively, we’ve lost about half a million dollars in sponsorships and event cancellations.”

Trying to hold an event like this in the midst of a pandemic is a tall task, but luckily, Paul Mihalides, the chairman of the Preserve was able to help out and provide his facility for the cause.

“The event this year will raise tens of thousands of dollars, just with the sponsorships and what The Preserve and The Mihailides Foundation is giving back”, said Mihalides.

To donate and learn more about the Special Olympics, visit there website here.

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