by Mike Dudurich
It’s not quite golf weather yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to get out and hunt for … sporting clays.
The Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Nemacolin Wood-lands Resort & Spa, will host a clay shooting event Sunday, April 19 at the resort.
“This will be our first major event since the Annual Dinner last October,” said Allen Martello, the GLLV’s Director of Marketing & Events.
“That’s six months with no events since our rebrand. An event like this had been done in the past, and we wanted to revive it with a different approach. This is a good time to do a sporting clays event. It’s good for golfers itching to get back on the course, it’s good for networking, and it’s good for people who just like to go shoot.”
The event will be held at the Field Club and Shooting Academy, just four miles from the resort in Farmington.
Registration will be at 11:30 a.m., and shooting begins at noon. This will be a 100-target shoot, lasting between three and three-and-a-half hours. Certified instructors will be at each station, making the event perfect for all levels of shooters.
“After the event, everybody goes back to the Academy, scores are tabulated, and then there will be a cocktail hour and dinner,” Martello said. “Dinner will carry through with the theme of the day. Let’s just say we’ll have food for a big appetite.”
Cost for the day is $185 per per-son and $740 per squad (foursome). Dinner-only tickets are available for$50.
Nemacolin is offering discounts for GLLV members and their families at the Spa and Zip Lines.
Denise Martin, Director of Membership for GLLV, has noticed growing excitement for the event.
“This is an example of the kinds of events we’re looking to have. Out of the box thinking, new and exciting events that make our members feel value for belonging,” she said. “This will be the first Sunday event we’ve done, and that’s exciting.”
Co-Chairing the committee for the event is Gene McElhaney, president of Total Service Inc., and Glenn Davidson, Total Service Inc. Service Manager. Serving on the committee are Lisa Frederick, Unity Printing; Brian Panichelle, BP Insurance; Dr. Dean Huss, Huss Chiropractic; Michelle Knupp, S&T Bank.
Domenic Caringola, Director of Group Activity Sales at Nemacolin, shares the enthusiasm.
We’re excited about it, and hopefully it will be the first of many to come,” he said. “This is an opportunity to get some folks up here who aren’t necessarily on our radar, and hopefully it will become a regular thing.
“This has not been your typical chamber event”, said GLLV president David Martin. “We’re continuing to try new things, and in the process, connect people and create positive opportunities for our members.”
Reserve your spot or team by contacting the GLLV Chamber at 724- 537-2671 ext. 103.