The 17th Annual Western States Cat/Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho Sporting Clays Tournament wrapped up on October 11, with new accommodations to make sure attendees could participate safely.

The Ronald McDonald House plays an important role on our communities, providing families of hospitalized children with a safe, affordable place to stay close to the hospital. As a non-profit, the House relies on donations and fundraising events to keep the doors open.

The Sporting Clays Tournament traditionally takes place in the spring, and has been a major source of income for the House in years past. Due to COVID, the planning committee had to rethink what the event would look like; instead of one weekend, this year’s tournament took place over two weeks to ensure adequate social distancing for volunteers and participants.

“Although this year’s Tournament looked a bit different, we are so grateful for all the sponsors and participants who still came out to support,” said Jill Smith, Special Events Coordinator for RMHC of Idaho, “Thanks to the individuals and businesses who stood behind us during this time of uncertainty, we’ll be able to continue providing comfort and care to families with sick children.”

Western States has proudly been involved with the tournament for over a decade, with some employees returning again and again to help out. Andrew Fackler, Technical Trainer, looks forward to participating and volunteering at the annual event.

“The thing I enjoy the most about the RMH tournament is the opportunity to help a charity that has helped out several people I know personally– they have even offered assistance to my family at one time,” he said, “I love being part of an event that has been so successful and being surrounded by so many great people, especially all the other volunteers that have been back year after year.”