3rd Annual Shoot for Hope Clays Tournament Raises $70K for Palmer Home

March 27, 2023

Palmer Home’s 3rd Annual Shoot for Hope Clay Tournament presented by IMC Companies saw hundreds of supporters enjoy great fun while raising $70,000 for a great cause.

On Friday, March 24, Palmer Home supporters from across the Southeast United States gathered at our Lake Cormorant campus, with more than 100 individuals comprising 20 teams participating in the event.

In addition to three flights of traditional skeet shooting, participants also enjoyed additional ways to support the children at Palmer Home through the event:

  • Raffle tickets, with a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a guided duck hunt, a trip to Greers Ferry lake, a staycation in Oxford, and more
  • Mulligans:$20 each per player, offering a chance to “re-shoot” for the prize
  • Long Bird Game: $20 to play, if you hit the target your name will go in to win the prize – half the pot.
  • Take a Chance Game: $20 for tickets to play. Participants could use a ticket(s) in hopes to shoot at a random green clay on the course for a chance to win half the pot.
  • Knockout Game: $20 to play, with the winning prize a Coonskin Hat.

Following the morning flights, supporters were treated to a delicious Southern-style lunch from Hernando native Malcom Reed and the HowToBBQRight crew. Palmer Home Director of Development Whit Lewis welcomed supporters, and Palmer Home CEO Drake Bassett shared more about the organization’s 128-year history and mission to provide superior care to children and young adults in need of care.

“Shoot For Hope is such a unique event for us,” said Palmer Home Events Manager Molly Coleman. “We host 5 signature events each year, but this one is the only one located right on our campus where children and families live their everyday life. Our guests not only get to see this campus, but they also have the opportunity to experience what we do here on this property that not everyone gets to see on a daily basis.”

Supporters also had an opportunity to witness a car gifted to a young man that is currently in our Campus Care program who will soon be entering our Transitional Care program. The car, presented by Geico and local insurance agent Cole Phelps, is the result of a partnership with the organization and Palmer Home which seeks to provide a deserving young man or woman served by Palmer Home with reliable transportation.


“On behalf of Geico and Millennium in Horn Lake, we are pleased to donate a 2020 Honda Civic to this brave and deserving young man and to benefit the mission of Palmer Home for Children.” – Cole Phelps

This young man has been with Palmer Home for almost 3 years and has overcome many obstacles. We are so proud of him and all he has accomplished. He’ll soon attend Northwest Community College, and the generous gift of this car will be his means of transportation to and from school.

Delta Waterfowl Sponsors Youth Team at Palmer Home Clay Shoot

Thanks to a generous $15,000 donation from Delta Waterfowl, children and teens served through Palmer Home enjoyed an opportunity to participate in the clay shoot as part of an outdoor recreational therapy program. Along with an opportunity to “just be a kid,” play provides a chance for a child in need to learn or implement important life and social skills, to build self-confidence, learn how to connect with and communicate with others, and how to experience a deep sense of happiness and joy.

READ MORE: Delta Waterfowl Grant Takes Children in Need Under its Wing


2023 Shoot for Hope Sponsors

We are so grateful to the many individuals and organizations who supported this event and who continue to provide hope and healing for children and young adults in our care. A special thank you to the following:

About Palmer Home for Children

Palmer Home offers holistic care to each child based on their unique physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs regardless of race, gender or background in accordance with our Whole Child Initiative. From academic support and medical care to clinical needs and recreational therapy, Palmer Home’s revolutionary approach to care supports every aspect of a child’s growth and development. The heart of Whole Child is to offer healthy, relational experiences for children, providing opportunities to learn important social and emotional skills with safe, supportive adults.

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Palmer Home seeks to provide opportunities for organizations to partner with our team to provide unique experiences for children and teens in foster care programs. If you’re interested in supporting Palmer Home while receiving recognition for your brand, please visit the link below or contact our development team at development@palmerhome.org.

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