LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Lake of the Ozarks biggest event, the Shootout, has raised a record amount this year.
At a check presentation event on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Cannon Smoked Saloon, organizers announced the event had raised $357,000 for Lake-area charities. That is the largest amount raised, by far, in one year of Shootout, and it brings the total raised since the event moved to Captain Ron's in 2008 to $1,800,000. Last year, the event raised a then-record $300,000.
Dozens of charities and non-profits benefit from the annual event, with the Shootout's nearly-countless volunteers (who do everything from patrol the miles-long crowd flotilla, to set up the race course, to organize and run events before the race, to help park cars during race weekend) working on behalf of their preferred charities — their hours are "donated" to those charities and Shootout funds raised are divvied up in proportion to the hours donated.
The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout powerboat races have been held as a racing event since 1988, but the races moved to Captain Ron’s, located on the 35.5-mile marker in Sunrise Beach 12 years ago. Since moving, organizers have added more than a dozen events. Many happen over a two-week period before the races, but others—such as the Shootout Whisky & Wine Cruise—happen throughout the year, with the ongoing goal of increasing funds raised for Shootout charities.
The event boosts the Lake economy too. According to Tri-County Lodging Association Administrator Jim Divincen, using a formula that averages each visitor spending $73 per day, and applying that to the estimated number of visitors (84,500) over the five-day period from the first major Shootout event on Wednesday to the final race day on Sunday, the Shootout injects an estimated $6,168,500 per day into the Lake economy, at the end of the summer vacation season.
In a Facebook post on the Shootout's page, Monday, Shootout Executive Director Christy Janssen thanked title sponsor Performance Boat Center, the "volunteers that worked countless hours to make the Shootout possible," and the many businesses and local organizations that sponsored and helped organize the Shootout's many events.
She added, "A huge thank you to the racers without you there would be no Shootout or exciting racing that draws people from all over the world.
Thank you to Benne Media for being our new broadcast sponsor and Showcase Publishing for our Awesome Shootout Guide, Lamar for our Billboards, Vervocity for our great website, Lake TV and Lake Expo for all the great media ads and articles and Grow Marketing for our T-shirt’s and garments!
"It take a community of giving to make this event... Every single dollar that was donated makes an impact to help the charities and we thank you for giving."