Attendees of the Dalton Gang's Day of the Cowboy: Wounded Warrior Project pose with a blank check made out to the Wounded Warrior Project. The group raised $1000 with their Saturday, July 21 fundraiser. Photo by Ella Nilsen. (click for larger version)
July 25, 2012DALTON – Around 40 people participated in the Dalton Gang's "Day of the Cowboy: Wounded Warrior Project" on Saturday, July 21 at the Gang's shooting range on Miller Road.
While the Dalton Gang's 'Day of the Cowboy' is an annual event, this is the first year that the group held the event to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that aides wounded service members and their families, helping them secure employment, benefits, and recognition, among other things.
The Dalton Gang has worked to fundraise for other charities in the past, including the Make A Wish Foundation.
This is the Gang's first year donating to the Wounded Warrior Project but they hope to make it an annual fundraiser.
"We would like to continue if this goes well," said Dalton Gang co-owner Nancy Mooney. "We hope to do it every year."
"We've heard a lot about it," added Dalton Gang co-owner Don Mooney. "It not only helps wounded individuals, but their families. The families need support, a lot of them have been forgotten."
"We're not a big club, but whatever we can give," he added.
By the end of the event, the Dalton Gang had raised $1000 through donations, event registration fees, and selling slices of a donated New York style cheesecake and a four-layer carrot cake.
Participants in the shoot were all dressed in cowboy style and shooting old-time, single action guns. No automatic weapons were shot in order to keep the authenticity of the sport intact.
"We like to have people wear cowboy boots, hats, and long shirts," said Nancy Mooney.
According to Nancy, Day of the Cowboy participants including people from outside the area as well as locals. People from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, and even Louisiana attended the event.
Shooting at metal range targets, participants had to switch between shooting handguns, rifles, and shotguns in timed, six stage events. At the end of the day, winners in various events were given ribbons.
Upcoming events at the Dalton Gang Shooting Range include an All Day Buffalo Shoot and .22 Event on August 5, a two-day 10 stage Cowboy Shoot on August 18 and 19, and a Black Powder Shoot on September 16.
For more information, please visit the Dalton Gang's website, http://www.thedaltongangofnh.org/.
If you are interested in finding more information about, or donating to the Wounded Warrior Project, you may do so at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.