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Sporting clays shoot raises money for Ronald McDonald House


Hundreds of birds fell from the sky in Washington County Sunday—clay birds that is.  And it's all to help ill children and their families.  Nearly 150 sportsmen and women from across the state took down clay targets as part of the 6th annual sporting clays charity shoot, benefiting Ronald McDonlad House Charities of Eastern Iowa.  And this fundraiser is very important for the organization.

Having lunch with his mom, Dakota Whitlatch looks like a typical nine-year-old.  But Whitlatch has been coping with a serious heart condition since birth.  And when he needed treatments at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, it was a strain on the family to make the nearly two-hour drive from home in Harvey on a regular basis.

"I had no job.  My husband had no job.  We left everything at home.  You know, we weren't prepared for what Dakota was born with," said Denise Whitlatch, Dakota's mom.

So in their time of need, having a home away from home at the Ronald McDonald house was a real blessing.

"They provided us with a bed, with a private bathroom with towels, let us have a kitchen with food that we couldn't afford at that time.  It was just a wonderful experience.  You couldn't ask for anything better," Whitlatch said.

It's families just like theirs that the outdoorsmen at Sunday's clay shoot supported.  All the money they raised goes directly to the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City.

"What a lot of people don't know is the house is solely funded by donations and fundraising events.  So all this money will go back to help cover lights, gas, utilities, food.  They have a huge food pantry there.  So all the money stays right there at the house," said Wes Boothe, event sponsor and committee member.

This year's charity shoot had more participants than ever before.  So all the money raised means Ronald McDonald House will be able to keep hitting its target by helping families in need.

The Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City has been around since 1985.  It has 31 rooms and charges just $15 per night for families to stay.  But if a family can't afford even that small fee, they aren't turned away.




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