High Point Builders raise funds for veterans

Oct. 12, 2013 @ 05:05 PM

My Mama had a conviction, and she lived her life by it. The evidence of that conviction wasn’t stated verbally, it was lived. Mama’s theory was that doing something for someone else gives you more gratification than doing something for yourself. As a young man, this concept seemed inconsistent to me, but I soon discovered the validity of her theory. I’ve never found a truly happy person who was only concerned with his own needs. The happy people in life are the ones who are concerned with the needs of others.

Several years ago, a group of men in the High Point area formed a non-profit, named Enduring Gratitude, to provide a memorable outdoor experience to returning veterans as an expression of gratitude for their service. They all recognized the level of sacrifice on the part of a young man who joins our military and serves to protect our heritage and freedom. Some were veterans themselves, some were not. Enduring Gratitude was initially supported by the donations of individuals only, but soon a corporate sponsor stepped in to lend support.
The High Point Area Builders Association is a group of builders and contractors, architects, real estate and insurance agents, mortgage bankers, suppliers of building materials, landscapers, and painters. They recognized the sacrifices made by our servicemen and decided to get involved by hosting a team building type event that could also support the efforts of Enduring Gratitude.
Funding provided by the HPBA helps to pay for the largest Enduring Gratitude group event of the year. Combat veterans will arrive in the morning to biscuits, Danish, and coffee. They’ll register and get a hat and a shirt and be divided into two groups, one for those with wingshooting experience and one for those who might have little experience with shotguns and wingshooting .
The less experienced group will head to the Five Stand for some clay shooting. There will be shooting coaches there to help hone their skills and prep them for the upcoming hunt. There will also be shooting side games and fishing opportunities. The upcoming Beaver Pond Enduring Gratitude event will be held February 1, 2014.
The more experienced group will head for the fields for a pheasant hunt. In the field, volunteers will handle the dogs and bring birds back to the cleaning shed to be processed by more volunteers. After the morning hunt, everyone will meet back for a pig picking and the morning clay shooters will head for the fields while the morning hunters will head to the Five Stand. At the end of the day, all will get a cooler with their birds cleaned and bagged for the freezer or ready for dinner.
The HPBA fund raising event will also be held at Beaver Pond Sporting Club. There will be sporting clays, five stand, a Caldwell shooting gallery for both rifle and pistol, a long bird competition, and, of course, a cookout. There will also be a demonstration by Page Eldridge on both compound and traditional bow shooting. Prizes will be awarded for winning team and individual scores. With 40 companies represented and sponsors donating for each station and event, this should be the largest HBPA Enduring Gratitude fund raiser ever.
Ned Eldridge, board member and a staunch supporter of Enduring Gratitude said, “High Point Area Builders Association is proud to be a part of Enduring Gratitude. Our commitment is to provide a chance to relieve stress and enjoy a day outdoors. Whether they are active or retired, wounded or not, full time or reserve, they’ve made sacrifices for our freedom and we welcome a chance to do something for them through Enduring Gratitude.”
For more information, check highpointbuilders.com or enduringgratitude.org.
Dick Jones is an award winning freelance writer living in High Point. He’s a member of the board of directors of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. If you’d like to have him speak to your group, he can be reached at offtheporch52@yahoo.com