On Sunday, September 23rd, the Hudson Farm Club will host the “Harvest Shoot & Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering” to benefit Project Self-Sufficiency. The event will feature a 100 sporting clay shoot on the 3,800 acre hunting preserve, followed by an elegant dinner provided by four of the area’s most renowned chefs. A special clinic for novice shooters will be held in the afternoon. Patrons have the option of participating in the all-day event, or just the dinner alone. All proceeds will benefit Project Self-Sufficiency, a local non-profit agency which specializes in services for low-income families.
The Hudson Farm Club has hosted a Sporting Clay Outing on behalf of Project Self-Sufficiency for ten consecutive years. The “Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering” was added several years ago to allow more patrons to participate in the event. The Gourmet Gathering will feature a five-course meal contributed by some of the area’s most exciting restaurants, including Andre’s Restaurant & Wine Boutique, Perona Farms, Salt Gastro Pub, and The Pizza Bistro, with a separate course provided by each chef. Each course will be accompanied by a pre-selected bottle of wine chosen specifically to complement the food.
The Sporting Clay Outing, which is similar to a golf outing, allows participants to shoot at an assortment of clay targets available at 20 different locations throughout the sprawling grounds. Each shooting station offers a different presentation of targets, allowing participants to simulate game shooting in a variety of ways. Teams will have the opportunity to take aim at 100 clays over the course of 3 ½ hours.
“On behalf of the organizing committee, we are thrilled to be returning to Hudson Farm for our 10th year, and this year’s event promises to be the best ever,” commented Project Self-Sufficiency Leadership Council member, John Ursin, Esquire. “We are looking forward to the beautiful scenery at Hudson Farm with the fall foliage. We are so grateful that Andre’s, Salt, the Pizza Bistro and Perona Farms will be preparing the dinner again. The last time they collaborated, it was a spectacular evening and I am sure they will make this night even more memorable. Mark your calendar and do not miss this event!”
Participants will enjoy a light lunch, take part in the clay shoot throughout the extensive Hudson Farm Club grounds, and return to a gourmet dinner. The Hudson Farm Club will provide cartridges, ear and eye protection, and instruction and guidance tailored to each participant’s experience level. In addition, teams will have access to golf carts to navigate the course with ease and take in even more of the spectacular scenery. With 20 different electronic stations, the Hudson Farm Club provides one of the most extensive shooting layouts in the country. While guests are asked to bring their own break-open shotguns, rentals may be arranged for those who don’t own a gun and/or who may have limited shooting experience.
“The Harvest Shoot & Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering is an important component of Project Self-Sufficiency’s annual fundraising campaign. We rely on the funds raised with this event to assist low-income families in northwestern New Jersey to attain economic self-sufficiency and family stability,” commented Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “We are grateful to the chefs from Andre’s Restaurant & Wine Boutique, Perona Farms, Salt, and The Pizza Bistro for their hard work and creativity on behalf of Project Self-Sufficiency, and we are particularly grateful to the membership of the Hudson Farm Club for their support of this endeavor year after year.”
The Sporting Clay Outing is open to all ages and skill levels. Participation in the full day event is $500 per person, or $2,000 for a foursome and a station sign; tickets for the dinner only are $250 per person. Lunch and registration will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m., with the outing scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. Cocktails will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the dinner served at 6:00 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit Project Self-Sufficiency, a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey. The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency, family stability, and to improve their lives and the lives of their children. Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 19,500 families, including over 30,000 children.
To make a donation to Project Self-Sufficiency, to register for the “Harvest Shoot & Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering”, or to find out more about the programs and services available at the non-profit agency, call 973-940-3500.