Local non-profit organization Big Bucks for Cancer Awards winners

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

Pictured left to right: Shane McMenamy, Jason LaRocca, Kenny Johnley, Andy Kaiman and Dean Shocklee.

Pictured left to right: Shane McMenamy, Jason LaRocca, Kenny Johnley, Andy Kaiman and Dean Shocklee.

Big Bucks for Cancer, a non-profit organization based in Lincoln County, gathered in August to award seven local hunters who brought home the biggest bucks in the organization’s first annual contest. The first contest ran throughout the 2012 firearms and archery deer seasons and raised a total of $750 that the organization donated to Relay For Life of Lincoln County.

Four hunters were awarded prizes in the firearms category. Shane McMenamy, of Troy won first place with his rack measuring 207 1/8”, which earned him a CVA 50 caliber muzzleloader. Jason LaRocca, of Troy took second place with his rack measuring 173 6/8”, which earned him a Ruger 10/22 rifle. Kenny Johnley, of Moscow Mills earned third place with his rack measuring 162 5/8” and received a two-man ladder stand. Sam Shocklee, of Troy was awarded the fourth and final place in the category with his rack measuring 96 4/8”, which earned him a $100 Bass Pro gift card.

Three hunters were awarded prizes in the archery category. Andy Kaimann, of Elsberry won first place with his rack measuring 200 7/8”, which earned him a Summit climbing stand. Gary Peasel, of Silex took second place with his rack measuring 123”, which earned him a Cuddeback game camera. Ron Cowen, of Elsberry was awarded third place with his rack measuring 121 6/8”, which earned him a $100 Bass Pro gift card.

“Our first contest was a great success and everyone had fun with the friendly competition,” said Dean Shocklee, founder of Big Bucks for Cancer. “This year we hope to have even more entries so we are able to donate even more to funding cancer research.”

Shocklee founded Big Bucks for Cancer in 2012. The non-profit organization’s mission is to help better the lives of those affected by cancer through funding research and other cancer related charities. After seeing so many family members and friends impacted by the devastation caused by cancer, Shocklee, with the help of his family, formed the non-profit organization and planned their first annual event. Twenty-five hunters participated in the first contest and 12 local businesses donated to the event. Certified Boone and Crockett Club Official Member John Detjen scored racks.

The 2013-2014 contest is underway and all hunters are warmly welcomed to join this year’s contest. The entry form, prize list, contest details and rules can be found on the Big Bucks for Cancer’s website at www.bigbucksforcancer.org. Both paper and online entries will be accepted through November 14, 2013.

Big Bucks for Cancer is a non-profit organization that helps better the lives of those affected by cancer through funding research and other cancer related charities. Big Bucks for Cancer takes aim at ending the pain caused by cancer through enlisting the support of the vast hunting community who can contribute while doing something they are passionate about – hunting.

For more information, please visit www.bigbucksforcancer.org and www.facebook.com/BigBucksforCancer or contact Dean Shocklee, Founder – Big Bucks for Cancer at 636-528-2143 or info@bigbucksforcancer.org.

 

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