In 1998, a group of construction executives who enjoyed shooting sports together decided to have the event begin fundraising to support local organizations directly helping children. Since its inception, the Charity Clay Shoot has donated more than $400,000 to support children around the state of Michigan.
Clays for Kids Donation History:
In 2021, The Clays-For-Kids Foundation recognized Ele's Place of West Michigan. Ele's Place's is dedicated solely to helping children and teens work with and through grief. The need for these services will never go away and it's known that grief negatively affects children and teens, contributing to alarming rates of depression, addition, and violence. Ele's Place West Michigan started in 2013 and after 2 years expanded to serving an average of 100 grieving children and teens each week from dozens of communities.This year, the largest amount ever raised from this one-day event, 45,000, was donated to Ele's Place West Michigan.
In 2020, The Clays-For-Kids Foundation recognized Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan. RMHWM's mission is to provide a home away from home for families traveling to Grand Rapids for critical medical and mental health treatment for their children and youth. Since its establishment in 1990, the RMHWM has provided quality living accommodations and support services - at no cost - to over 14,000 families while their child (newborn to 18 years of age) is receiving the treatment they need in the Grand Rapids area. $26,000 was donated to Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan.
In 2019, The Clays-For-Kids Foundation recognized School Supply Santa. School Supply Santa, started in 2007 during a conversation with a local elementary school teacher. It was discovered there were many children, of all ages, who lacked the proper school supplies at the start of the year which were needed for growth and learning. The founder of School Supply Santa, Denise Kooiker, had a determined purpose and passion to help children in the local West Michigan communities. School Supply Santa lives out its mission of “investing in students to bring joy and empower success through the gift of school supplies.” $34,000 was donated to School Supply Santa.
In 2018, The Clays-For-Kids Foundation recognized Autism Support of West Shore. This nonprofit organization is run by parents, teachers and friends of autistic individuals. The Autism Support of West Shore (ASWS) advocates and supports meaningful participation in all aspects of life for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. $25,000 was donated to Autism Support of West Shore.