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Aiming to Win at ABAT’s 4th Annual Skeet Shoot

ABAT hosted its 2020 Annual Dean Griffin Memorial Skeet Shoot at Elk Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas, Texas. (Photo from 1st ABAT Skeet Shoot in 2017: ABAT Board Member Eric McKenzie  – Jill Tuggle – Dean Griffin)

Printed in Autobody News

On October 15th, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted its 2020 Annual Dean Griffin Memorial Skeet Shoot at Elk Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas, Texas. Jill Tuggle, Executive Director of ABAT, shared, “The event turned out amazing and definitely exceeded our expectations! We were overwhelmed by the response and had the largest attendance we have ever had with around 90 participants.”

“We also sold a record number of raffle tickets,” she added. “The top team won cooler bags, the top shooters won $1,800 in Cabela’s gift cards, and our top two raffle items were a Black Rain AR rifle and a SKB shotgun. Everyone had an amazing time!”

Although this year’s event was the association’s 4th Annual Skeet Shoot, this was the first year since it was renamed in honor of late ABAT board member Dean Griffin. According to Tuggle, “Dean passed away last October, and he was a big part of the Skeet Shoot every year. In addition to raising funds for ABAT, the event served as a means of establishing a college fund for Natalie, Dean’s daughter.”

ABAT’s Skeet Shoot was open to all members of the collision repair industry, attracting members, non-members, sponsors and more, as four-person teams competed as skeet shot stations during the tournament-style, 100-clay sporting course.

Tuggle stated, “This event was held to bring awareness, camaraderie, and communication to ABAT and its members, as well as to allow our sponsors to interact with their customers in a laidback environment. It is more important now than ever to get together as an association. We believe that as long as we follow all the distancing guidelines set forth by the state that we can host successful events like this now and going forward. It is extremely important to support businesses right now, and we help connect shops and vendors at events like this. The more interaction we can provide our members with, the more they can get to know each other and communicate effectively. ABAT is all about communication, education, and legislation. We cannot do any of those things alone. Plus, we like to have a little fun- and it’s Texas and we like to shoot guns.”

For more information about ABAT and its upcoming events, visit www.abat.us.