Community Spirit

For the past four years, MasterCraft Builder Group of St. Johns County, Fla., has used its holiday spirit to have a lot of fun, while also raise money for local charities with its Clays for a Cause event, a sporting clay shoot. The 2015 event was the largest in the company’s history, and raised $21,000. 

The event began in 2012, which was the company’s first full year in operation. Foregoing a holiday party for employees, MasterCraft invited all employees and business partners to shoot sporting clays and enjoy an afternoon of camaraderie and charity. One hundred percent of the money raised is donated to several local charities.

This year, Clays for a Cause benefitted St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), the Cotta Family, the Monique Burr Foundation and a project by St. Johns Housing Partnership, and a local church to help restore the home of a retired St. Johns veteran. In its first three years, Clays for a Cause raised more than $30,000. Having raised more than $50,000 in four years, Clays for a Cause has become a very helpful infusion of much needed monies for local charities.

“We are beyond thankful to the participants and sponsors,” MasterCraft Partner Chris Shee says. “Giving back to the community is a vital part of who we are as a company. We continue to be amazed at the generosity of our trade partners and vendors that make giving back so impactful.”

SAYS staff attended the Dec. 10th event. “At age 18, these children are aged out of the SAYS program,” SAYS Director of Development Robin Burchfield explains. “Living independently is all the more challenging due to their diagnosed mental health issues. Our new goal is to build six efficiency apartments adjacent to the current SAYS property for these young men to live and continue with high school or vocational training.” This year, SAYS received half of the proceeds from the event.

The 5th annual Clays for a Cause will be held in early December 2016 and the charities will be announced in November. Charities selected must serve the local St. Johns County community, have low overhead and typically involve helping children, thus allowing a majority of the proceeds to benefit their cause. 

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