Benelli Invitational Raises Another $85,000 for Freedom Hunters

Benelli Invitational Raises Another $85,000 for Freedom Hunters
Benelli Invitational Raises Another $85,000 for Freedom Hunters

ACCOKEEK, Md.-( 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
  • Bentley-Scott
  • Burris
  • Covey Sales & Marketing
  • Fort Knox
  • Hornady
  • Howard Leight
  • Owen J. Brown and Associates
  • Pure Fishing
  • Pestilli & Associates
  • Traeger Grills
  • Yeti

Silver Sponsors

  • Blue Heron Communications
  • Benchmade
  • Briley Manufacturing
  • Carlson’s Choke Tubes
  • EOTech
  • Franchi Italy
  • LWRC International
  • Pelican
  • RealTree
  • Riton USA Optics
  • Sig Sauer
  • Springfield Armory
  • Steiner
  • Trijicon
  • Truck Vault
  • TrueTimber
  • Wingman Guide Services

Bronze Sponsors

  • Banded
  • BPI Outdoors
  • Bushnell
  • Chesapeake Bay Beach Club and The INN
  • Duck Commander
  • Frogg Toggs
  • Gearwrench
  • Hevi-Shot
  • Irish Setter Boots
  • K-bar
  • Lucky Duck
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Purina Sport Dog
  • Pyramyd Air
  • Rob Roberts Custom Gunworks
  • Sitka
  • Stoeger
  • Stoeger Airguns
  • Streamlight
  • Vista Outdoor
  • Vortex Optics
  • 5.11

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