Published on October 15, 2021

Clays for a Cause Raises Funds for New Patient Tower in Alpena

Photo of Dave Rensberry, Will Rensberry, Todd Britton and Arden Rensberry, members of Team Meridian Industrial.

Dave Rensberry, Will Rensberry, Todd Britton and Arden Rensberry, members of Team Meridian Industrial, took home first place in the sixth annual Clays for a Cause sporting clay shoot.

The sixth annual Clays for a Cause sporting clay shoot event, hosted by the MidMichigan Health Foundation’s Annual Support Committee, was held Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at the Alpena Sportsman’s Club, and raised more than $10,000 for MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena’s new Patient Tower, which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in spring 2022.

This year, there were 35 participants in four-man teams that attempted 12 shooting stations with 50 clays available per shooter. As in all sporting clays courses, the clays are released mimicking different wild game, from birds to rabbits. Winning the event, with 171 points out of a possible 200, was Team Meridian Industrial, made up of Will Rensberry of Hubbard Lake, Dave Rensberry of Herron and Todd Britton and Arden Rensberry of Alpena.

“This team is hard to beat,” said Tonya Spens, chairman of the Annual Support Committee.  “They have some excellent shooters and we are happy they continue to support this event.”

Photo of Nick Montie, member of Team Edward Jones, shoots from an elevated station, while team members Eric Chrzan and Andrew Kowalski look on

Nick Montie, member of Team Edward Jones, shoots from an elevated station, while team members Eric Chrzan and Andrew Kowalski look on.

Team Swope and Team Panel Processing tied for second place with 130 points each. Team Swope members included Rex Swope and Jack Zwicker of Alpena, Matt Swope of Muskegon and Gary Johnson of Posen. Panel Processing team members including Jesse Smolinski of Posen, Tonya Spens of Herron and Cory Heath and Bill LaBarge of Alpena.

Other teams included Team Edward Jones, Team Coombs, Team Hospice of Michigan, Team Thornton, Team Johnston, and Team Wolf Track. Additional prizes were awarded to Dave Lancaster of Team Wolf Track, Jay Johnson and Bill LaBarge. Andrew Kowalski, Eric Chrzan and Nick Montie of Alpena, members of Team Edward Jones, were the winners of the Blind Draw.

“Each year, I am amazed at the talent of the shooters,” said Ann Diamond, fund development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “I am extremely grateful for the generosity of community members who sponsor and compete in this event to benefit the patients of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, and our Patient Tower project.”

Since its beginning in 2015, Clays for a Cause has raised more than $46,000 for MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena.

Those interested in supporting MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena may contact Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or ann.diamond@midmichigan.org.