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HomeAid Inland Empire’s 11th Annual Target Homelessness Trap Shoot Event Will Raise Funds To Build Shelters


The 11th Annual HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) Target Homelessness Trap Shoot & Builder Chili Cook-Off fundraiser event will be held again this year at Redlands Shooting Park on Friday, May 20.

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff will be the Honorary Chairman for the event, and HAIE Executive Committee and Board president Landon Boucher of Boucher Resources and ISE Engineering will be the Trap Shoot chairman.

HomeAid Inland Empire is the non-profit charity of the Southern California Building Industry Association (BIA) Riverside County and Baldy View Chapters. HAIE works with various homeless service provider partners to renovate or build quality shelter facilities providing temporary housing for individuals and families throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties who need a safe place to stay while they work to rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency.

“Our annual Trap Shoot fundraiser event has always been a great opportunity for our outstanding building industry and corporate partners to make a significant financial contribution to help HomeAid address the problem of homelessness in the Inland Empire,” said Ray Osborne, HAIE Executive Director. “We hope this year’s event will be our most successful to date, and provide us with the vital funding needed for our on-going shelter development program to create safe and comfortable facilities to temporarily house of the more than 3,000 men, women and children who are homeless every day in Riverside and San Bernardino counties according to the 2016 Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count in the two-county area,” he added.

“HomeAid Inland Empire has done outstanding work on our behalf for over 25 years to help deal with the serious issue of homelessness in our community, and we are proud to support their efforts,” commented Riverside County Building Industry Association (BIA) CEO Bill Blankenship in announcing that the chapter will be the host sponsor for this year’s Trap Shoot fundraiser event. “HomeAid is one way that the Inland Empire building industry is able to give back to the community we serve, and we will continue to be a strong supporter, because the need to help provide temporary housing for the homeless is still critical.”

US Bank, Complete Builder Service Inc. and Union Bank are the primary sponsors for this year’s event. Freedom Mortgage will be one of the photo sponsors, and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency (EDA) has agreed to be the event food sponsor. Additional key sponsors are still being sought.

CalAtlantic Homes, imortgage, Richmond American Homes, Fidelity National Title, Michael Baker International, Lennar Inland/LA Division, 123 Home Keys/All Southern California Escrow, Masonry Innovations, MiTek, ISE Engineering, and Driver SPG are among the companies that have already made sponsorship commitments.

“With the continuing support of the Inland Empire home building industry and other corporate partners this important fundraising event is a key financial driver contributing to the work HomeAid does to develop homeless shelters in the two-county area,” commented Trap Shoot chairman and HAIE Board president Landon Boucher. “Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has created 37 shelter facilities that have served over 30,000 homeless people in the Inland Empire, and this year we are aiming to hit our highest Target Homelessness goal yet by working to get over 200 trap shooters and other attendees to join us at for a day of fun to support a very good cause,” he added.

Boucher also noted that HomeAid’s 2016 shelter development program is heavily focused on helping local homeless veterans with housing and job training. In recognition of their service, this event will honor veterans by allowing sponsorship opportunities to “Sponsor-A-Vet” for veteran guests to also participate.

In addition to the limited number of sponsorships that are still available, there are registration opportunities for fivesome teams at $895 and individual trap shooters at $190, as well as spectator sign ups at $50. The deadline for online registration is Friday, May 13, at the HAIE website, www.homeaidie.org, or by contacting Ashley Coleman, the HAIE Marketing and Events Manager, at ashley@homeaidie.org.

Adding to the fun and festivities at the Trap Shoot event will be the Builder Chili Cook-Off competition, involving several of the top homebuilders and supporting companies in the Inland Empire. Masonry Innovations, the defending chili cook-off champion, and Lennar, another past chili champion, will be in this year’s competition as well as Union Bank, and Richmond American Homes .

Many of HomeAid Inland Empire’s service provider partners, including Olive Crest, Operation SafeHouse, Path of Life Ministries, Project T.O.U.C.H., Lutheran Social Services (LSS), Foothill Family Shelter, Mary’s Mercy Center, Operation Grace, and the Family Assistance Program are scheduled to have information tables at the Trap Shoot to give attendees an opportunity to learn more about what is being done to end homelessness in the local area.

For more information about the work being done by HomeAid Inland Empire, contact Executive Director Ray Osborne, ray@homeaidie.org, or visit the organization’s website at homeaidie.org to volunteer or make a donation.
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