One hundred sixty competitors armed with shotguns and a healthy sense of competition stepped up Saturday to shatter thousands of clay pigeons at the Southwest Double Gun Expo, held at the Ben Avery Clay Target Center in north Phoenix to benefit Phoenix Art Museum. Bob Bever, our CEO, took home second place in his gauge class, while Rob, our Sales, Training and Compliance Director, and Justin, our Marketing Director, shot the same score in their respective gauge class.
Shooting with a 20-gauge, Bob hit 32 pigeons and took home an authentic Native American kachina to commemorate his marksmanship. Rob and Justin fired 12-gauges, both hitting 34 out 50 targets. The bright day warmed up quickly to a high of 90 degrees by late afternoon as the Valley experiences a fleeting springtime — (mostly) perfect conditions for outdoor clay sporting.
SWDGE is one of four annual events put on by the Men’s Arts Council to benefit Phoenix Art Museum, the largest museum of its kind in the Southwest providing visual arts and educational programming. This year, over $70,000 was raised for museum programs geared toward low-income or at-risk children.
The museum is located in the heart of the midtown museum district and is an official Phoenix Point of Pride. Current exhibits include Andy Warhol: Portraits, featuring some of the artist’s most iconic silkscreens, and Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation, an exclusive presentation of the genius’ creative process and continuous influence on the arts featuring his only manuscript to belong to an American collection.
Visit its official website for address and transportation options, admission prices, membership and special event listings.