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Sporting Clays 2017 Success Not Dampened By Rain

An Iron Pigs game. A birthday celebration at a favorite restaurant. Bowling. A concert. A trip to the Philadelphia Zoo or Kutztown Folk Festival. Holiday shopping at the Lehigh Valley Mall. A day at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays.

So just what does Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay have in common with these other events and outings? That’s where 131 participants came together on Friday, May 5, at the 23rd Annual Conrad W. Raker Sporting Clays Invitational to raise money for community outings enjoyed throughout the year by Good Shepherd’s 159 long-term care residents.

The Long-Term Care Community Access Program, founded in 1991 with grants from a major national foundation and Union Pacific Corporation, is a lifeline to greater independence for Good Shepherd’s residents to enjoy educational opportunities, and cultural and recreational outings.

Honorary chairman Dr. David Yen of Specialty Physician Associates was presenting sponsor of the event which grossed $69,000, one of the all-time highs for the invitational. As squads of shooters, dogged by rain, moved around the soggy course, they were met at every station by 28 smiling volunteers serving as score keepers. The day wrapped up with a raffle and catered dinner, attended by John Pursley, a resident of The Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem, who thanked the participants and sponsors for helping him and other Good Shepherd residents enjoy lives of greater independence.