ST. JOHNS, Fla., Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 2015 marked the 4th year Clays for a Cause, an annual sporting clay shoot presented by local, award-winning St. Johns County homebuilder MasterCraft Builder Group, raised money for local charities. This year was the largest event in Clays for a Cause history with more than 100 attendees.
Clays for a Cause began in 2012, 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 was 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 over $30,000. This year's event raised $21,000. Having raised over $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," said MasterCraft partner Chris Shee. "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 December 10th event. SAYS Director of Development Robin Burchfield said, "At age 18, these children are aged out of the SAYS program. 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." SAYS received half of the proceeds from this year's event.
Issac Cotta, whose father is a MasterCraft trade partner, is battling an illness, which has required multiple intense surgeries on his brain. "After hearing about Issac's health issues and that the family has incurred more than $300,000 in medical bills, we knew we needed to help," MasterCraft Builder Group Partner Andy Chambers stated.
Money raised also went to the Monique Burr Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting children from all forms of abuse and bullying through providing MBF Child Safety Matters to all Florida elementary schools.
A local church and St. Johns Housing Partnership have raised money to help rehabilitate the home of a retired military veteran in St. Johns County. "Hearing about a local veteran needing housing assistance and being a local home builder really made our decision to devote funds from Clays for a Cause an easy one," said Neill Singleton, MasterCraft partner.
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.
MasterCraft Builder Group is a St. Johns County homebuilder, founded by three close friends who have more than 40 years of experience combined in the home building industry. A shared passion for building quality homes matched with the desire to use more innovative building practices has propelled MasterCraft to be one of the premier new home builders in Northeast Florida. For more information about MasterCraft, please visit MasterCraftBuilderGroup.com or call (904) 328-1043.
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