The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a 501c3 non-profit founded by John and Revé Walsh and other child advocates in 1984, will benefit from two fund-raisers in Fauquier and Loudoun Counties, Clays for Hope and Hops for Hope.

“The goal with any event for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is to give people the opportunity to connect with and offer support for our mission,” said John Walsh. “We believe that protecting children is a responsibility that we all share and if we give people the chance to do their part, they will want to help. The National Center could not do the work that it does without support from our partners and friends and we’re always grateful to see new people join the fight to keep kids safe.”

On November 5, Clays for Hope takes aim to raise vital funds to help the NCMEC protect children by bringing together enthusiasts for a day of sport shooting in Delaplane. A maximum of 25 teams with 5 shooters each will gather at Bear’s Den Farm where the call of “PULL!” signals the launch of a clay pigeon. There’s a rotation with one shooter at a time in a pre-determined rotation. According to enthusiasts, it’s a fun spectator sport for non-participants, who quite often find themselves taking up sport shorting.

Clays for Hope begins at 10 a.m. and goes until it’s over, probably late afternoon. The event includes lunch for participants and sponsors. The cost to participate is $500 per 5 person team. Team places are going fast, so get cracking. Sponsorships also benefit NCMEC, and individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up. Please direct all inquiries for Clays for Hope to:

Hops For Hope takes place on December 3, thanks to Adrian Widman, former NCMEC staff member, at his Ocelot Brewing on Overland Drive, just off Route 606, Dulles. Widman continues to hold the National Center close to his heart and got the idea to brew a batch of beer with all proceeds benefitting the mission to bring missing kids home safely.

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