In an e-mail from Ron Duggan, the owner of Captain Ron’s in Sunrise Beach, Mo., earlier this week, the leader of the substantial group behind the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout said the 26th annual event set a new fundraising record.
As a donation to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, MTI auctioned off a ride in Bob Bull’s 52-foot catamaran (shown here during an exhibition race with a plane on the one-mile course). Photo courtesy George Denny/lakeozarkracing.com
With 29 charities and six local fire districts benefitting from the late-August event, which is one of the largest philanthropic events on the popular Missouri lake, this year’s donations reached $125,000, according to Duggan.
“We are extremely happy with the amount of money raised, despite the warm weather we had during the Shootout week,” Duggan said. “We appreciate the continued support that we receive from sponsors, racers, race spectators and the volunteers. Words cannot express how much I appreciate what everyone involved with the event continues to do for this community.”
One of the sponsors behind the Shootout since Duggan and his facility took it over in 2008 is Pepsi. And according to Jill DeBok, director of retail for the Pepsi Beverages Company in the St. Louis Metro and Kansas/Missouri markets, Pepsi understands the Shootout’s impact on the community.
“The Shootout is not only a fun event, but it truly benefits the local community,” DeBok said. “This is our seventh year as a sponsor, and Pepsi is proud to participate.”
As usual Duggan is aiming to raise the bar again next year during the 27th annual Shootout, which is set for Aug. 22-30, 2015. In the seven years the event had been held at Captain Ron’s, the Shootout has raised more than $570,000 for local charities.