Skeet filming, car show benefiting a local hospitality agency

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Chris Roark [email protected]

Child placement agency Cherished Impressions, a Waxahachie-based nonprofit, will host a skeet shooting event and classic car show later this summer to help support local adoptive children.

The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 13 at the Old Bison Ranch, 1924 Lumkins Road in Forreston.

Cherished Impressions has operated for five years, but this is the first year for a fundraiser of this kind.

Cherished Impressions provides support to children who are in the foster care system after being removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect.

Nikki Ranson, who co-founded Cherished Impressions with her husband Larry Ranson, said the organization supports 65 families. She said that since the nonprofit began, she has served more than 600 children, including children who have been in and out of foster homes, those who have been reunited with their families and those who are still in the foster care system.

“Every child deserves someone who gives a positive impression that the child can cherish forever,” Ranson said.

Ranson said that while children in Texas exit the foster care system at age 17, Cherished Impressions provides assistance for people up to age 21.

“A lot of times they don’t have anywhere to go when they go out,” Ranson said.

She said the number of children needing their services is stable, with troughs and peaks depending on several factors. For example, Ranson said that when COVID-19 hit and students were out of the classroom, case counts were lower because teachers and school counselors weren’t with students to notice problems. signs of abuse. But when COVID numbers went down and students went back to school, the number of cases went up.

“It’s a continuous cycle,” Ranson said.

Ranson said fundraising is important to help meet the needs of foster children, such as school supplies, backpacks, clothing, hygiene products and more. They also provide Christmas gifts, birthday parties, etc. The money will also help fund needed training and help them get involved in the community.

Ranson said there will be 100 open spots for skeet shooters. There will be 10 rotating stations, some mobile and some fixed. The grand prize will be a Beretta A300 Outlander shotgun.

The event will also feature live music, games, prizes and a vintage car show, where prizes will be awarded in the Best Paint, People’s Choice, Most Original and Grand Champion categories.

Ranson said there were still entry tickets available for the skeet shooting competition and the car show.

Four sponsorship levels are available. Ranson said prizes and gift cards were needed.

The cost for the skeet shooting event is $700 for a team of five or $150 for an individual. Admission to the auto show or to be a spectator is $50.

Register online at cherishedimpressionscpa.com. For more information, contact Ranson at 972-213-8212 or [email protected]

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