Benelli Invitational Raises Another $85,000 for Freedom Hunters

Proceeds fund outdoor experiences for veterans and military families

ACCOKEEK, Md. (October 2, 2019) – For a fifth year, clay shooters in the Benelli USA Invitational at Prince George’s County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, Maryland, enjoyed friendly competition for a great cause. On September 27, $85,000 was raised for Freedom Hunters to support outdoor opportunities for combat veterans, active duty military personnel and military families.

At the conclusion of the event, Benelli USA Executive Team General Manager Tom DeBolt, Benelli USA Vice President of Brand Marketing Tim Joseph, Benelli USA Digital Marketing Manager Laurie Gardiner and Benelli USA Finance Controller Gretchen Helm presented a check for the $85,000 to Anthony Pace of Freedom Hunters, representing the total amount raised through donations, silent auction bids and raffle ticket sales.
“This year’s Benelli Invitational was the best one yet. Support from the outdoor industry and local participants in donations of product, hunts and dollars continues to be outstanding,” said Joseph, who also serves as a member of the advisory board for Freedom Hunters. “The volunteers from Benelli USA and Freedom Hunters put a lot of heart into organizing and staffing this event. When you can have fun shooting, eat world-class BBQ, share great camaraderie and raise money for a good cause at the same time, it really is an exceptional day.”
Freedom Hunters is a military outreach program whose mission is to convey the outdoor community’s appreciation for the dedication of and sacrifices made by the men and women of the Armed Forces. Through the support of numerous groups and companies, including Benelli USA, Freedom Hunters arranges outdoor adventures and opportunities for active duty soldiers and combat veterans, as well as families of fallen heroes and children of those currently deployed. To learn more about Freedom Hunters, go to
The success of the Benelli USA Invitation Shoot is a credit to the support and dedication of the following brands:

Title Sponsors
Core Line Marketing
Federal Premium Ammunition
Habitat Flats – Tony Vandemore
Honey Brake Lodge
Myron Mixon Smokers

Gold Sponsors
Action Targets
Benelli Italy
Covey Sales & Marketing
Fort Knox
Howard Leight
Owen J. Brown and Associates
Pure Fishing
Pestilli & Associates
Traeger Grills

Silver Sponsors
Blue Heron Communications
Briley Manufacturing
Carlson’s Choke Tubes
Franchi Italy
LWRC International
Riton USA Optics
Sig Sauer
Springfield Armory
Truck Vault
Wingman Guide Services

Bronze Sponsors
BPI Outdoors
Chesapeake Bay Beach Club and The INN
Duck Commander
Frogg Toggs
Irish Setter Boots
Lucky Duck
Pheasants Forever
Purina Sport Dog
Pyramyd Air
Rob Roberts Custom Gunworks
Stoeger Airguns  
Vista Outdoor
Vortex Optics

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