2 Kern County nonprofits get big checks from Sporting Clay Tournament

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Two local nonprofit organizations were presented with donations Wednesday to keep their missions going.

A total of $40,000 was raised at the third annual Braun Electric's Sporting Clay Tournament in April. Fifty-five teams and 266 shooters participated.

The donations raised were split between the Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County and Marley's Mutts.

"I walked in and saw one check for $20,000, and I was thrilled figuring we would split that in two ways," said the executive director of Marley's Mutts, Zach Skow.

The organizations each received $20,000.

Although it was the third annual tournament, this was the first time the money raised stayed local, and the recipients of the checks hope to keep it that way.

"We all agreed to keep the money in Kern County," said Kevin Blankenship, vice president of operations for Braun Electric Co. "All the different sponsors, we can't thank you enough, and with everybody's help we're able to donate this money today."

So how will the money be used?

"We're really focusing on families this year," said Wendy Porter, executive director of the Wounded Heroes Fund. "Rebuild and improve the family unit of the veteran. Trying to keep the 22 suicides that happen every day out of Kern County, and this is just going to really help us complete that mission."

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