Wheelin’ Sportsmen Holds Fundraising Event In Escanaba

A group that helps local residents with disabilities enjoy hunting and target shooting held its annual fundraising party in downtown Escanaba Saturday afternoon.

Wheelin’ Sportsmen had the corner of 13th and Ludington Streets blocked off for an afternoon full of food, kids games, live music, and demonstrations of the adaptive equipment that lets people with disabilities shoot a gun.

The group’s chairman, Ken Buchholtz, says that the goal is to get as many people out into the Great Outdoors as possible. Buchholtz says they’ve taken people from the Jacobetti Home For Veterans, as well as others from Lakestate Industries, for excursions into the outdoors.

They have six different specialized sets of equipment, and many U.P. businesses have donated to the effort.

He says they not only make adaptive equipment for people here in the Upper Peninsula, but have also helped people in Lousiana, Arkansas, and Wisconsin to enjoy the Great Outdoors.