Ready, Aim, Fire: ABAT’s Seventh Annual Skeet Shoot Highlights

by Chasidy Rae Sisk

When it comes to hosting fun networking events for members, ABAT never misses its target, and that was certainly the case yet again during the association’s Seventh Annual Dean Griffin Memorial Skeet Shoot, recently held at Elm Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas.

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

“Everyone had a great time at the 2024 Skeet Shoot!” shared ABAT Executive Director Jill Tuggle. “Delicious food (some of the best crawfish I’ve ever had!), hand rolled cigars, the opportunity to win prizes and getting to shoot guns while networking with industry friends – what more could you ask for in a fun-filled day with ABAT? We’re already looking forward to the next one!”

This year’s top shooter was Colby Wardlow from 3M, and the 2024 Top Team came from Payne & Sons Paint & Body Shop and consisted of Alan Stewart, Greg Barlow, Darrell Cobb and Chad Grant. “We were excited for the opportunity to participate and raise funds for an organization focused on bettering the collision industry,” Logan Payne expressed. “As Texans, we love a good competition, great crawfish and a chance to shoot guns. Winning just sweetened the deal!”

 The 2024 Dean Griffin Memorial Skeet Shoot featured a number of other prizes, food, drinks and even Cuban cigars which were professionally rolled on site. Although ABAT held its first Skeet Shoot in 2017, the annual fundraiser was renamed in 2020 in honor of late ABAT Board member Dean Griffin, with half of the proceeds from the event being donated to a college fund for Griffin’s daughter, Natalie.

ABAT is always locked and loaded for a great time!

Want more? Check out the May 2024 issue of Texas Automotive!