Author Archives: Rick Bartels

2017 Patriot Shoot is the largest ever!

The 2017 Patriot Shoot held August 26th turned out to be our largest event yet with 28 teams participating!  Under blue skies 135 participants fanned out across the Red & Blue courses of the Cardinal Sporting Clays facility in Marengo, OH to show their support for the Save a Warrior organization and blast clay targets out of the sky!

An excellent BBQ lunch of Pork, Brisket, Dirty Rice, and Peachy Beans was once again provided by David Waun from Lorain, OH.  His food is always the talk of the event!  David provides similar BBQ preparation services to numerous veteran and disaster related functions throughout the year – just his way of giving back.  Thanks again David!

To see a list of this year’s winners please visit the Gallery page.

The 2017 Patriot Shoot once again benefitted the Save A Warrior organization.  This innovative, evidence-based program provides a powerful healing experience for active duty military, veterans and first responders who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.  You can learn more about this excellent organization by visiting

Patriot Shoot Donation to Save A Warrior

November 2016, Columbus, OH – Members of the Board of Directors of COAC presented a check in the amount of $32,000 to Jake Clark, President & Founder of the Save A Warrior (SAW) organization.  Due to the overwhelming success of the 2016 Patriot Shoot this donation amount represented an increase of 20% over the previous year’s amount.  The Patriot Shoot would like to gratefully thank Wayne & Jeff Kyle for their attendance and for graciously giving their time, and all the sponsors & participants of the 2016 Patriot Shoot.  We could not do this without you, and together we will make a difference.

This donation will be directly used to fund SAW’s upcoming December Cohort (#040) in Malibu, CA.  This Cohort will serve sixteen (16) at-risk veterans and first responders as they begin their journey towards healing.

To learn more about the Save A Warrior organization and their life-saving program for at-risk veterans and first responders please visit Save A Warrior.

2016 Patriot Shoot – Thank You!

The 2016 Patriot Shoot was held this past weekend on Saturday August 27th.  The event was our largest event yet!  Thank you to all who attended and helped raise funds for the Save A Warrior organization.

The highlight of the event for the participants was the opportunity to meet Wayne & Jeff Kyle and hear the heart-felt speeches from Wayne & Jeff, and from Jake Clark & Adam Carr from the Save A Warrior organization.  Their words deeply affected many and reminded all why we need to do what we can to assist our veterans who are struggling.

The Patriot Shoot cannot express enough our deep gratitude and appreciation to Wayne and Jeff Kyle for giving of their time and attention to the participants.  Meeting and talking with these two down-to-earth, humble, yet dedicated men touched many in attendance.  We were truly honored to be in their presence.

Please see the Gallery page for a list of the Trophy Winners.

Save the Date – The 2017 Patriot Shoot will be held on Saturday Aug 26, 2017 at the Cardinal Shooting Center located in Marengo, OH.  We hope to see you then.

Thank you again to all those who supported the Patriot Shoot this year.

COAC Elects New Board Member and Officer

April 2016, Columbus, OH – The Board of Directors of Central Ohio American Charities (COAC) elected a new Board Member and a new Officer.  Mr. Mike Reed has joined the Board as a Director effective April 1st, 2016.  Existing Board member Rick Bartels was elected Executive Vice President, Secretary replacing Steve Blankenship who will remain on the Board as a Director.  The Board wishes to thank Steve, a COAC Co-Founder, for his many years of service and are pleased he is remaining on the Board.

Welcome Mike Reed:

Mike has a diverse background in Information Technology to include Application Development, Project and Program Management and Organization Transformation.  He recently retired from the Ohio Air National Guard as a Lt. Colonel, 121st Air Refueling Wing, Squadron Commander.  He held multiple leadership and command positions during a 32 year career.

Mike is a Buckeye, earning his Bachelor Degree from The Ohio State University.  He lives in Westerville with his wife Suzanne, and twin daughters Lena and Lucy.  In his spare time he is an avid sports shooter (handgun, rifle, shotgun), certified NRA firearms instructor, Harley Davidson owner/rider, and amateur guitarist.

Mike Reed

COAC Supports the Save A Warrior Organization with a $27,000 Donation

In 2015, COAC decided to support the Save A Warrior organization and honor their work by selecting them as the beneficiary of our annual Sporting Clay fundraising event –  the Patriot Shoot.  Due to the great success of this year’s event, the COAC Board of Directors recently presented Jake Clark, founder of SAW, with a check in the amount of $27,000.

To learn more about why COAC supports this excellent organization and their efforts to save veterans’ lives watch the video below.

COAC Patriot Shoot held on August 29, 2015

COAC held our inaugural Patriot Shoot event on Saturday August 29, 2015 at the Cardinal Shooting Center, located in Marengo, OH.  By all accounts the event was a great success and our largest event yet with over 100 participants!

This year’s winners were:

Top Team: Bob Moone, Paul Gydosh, Russ Kessler, Jerry Hayes, Matt Stewart

Top Shooter: Todd Kemmerer         Runner-up: Chris Cordray

Top Shooter – Warrior: Byron Marlow    Runner-up – Warrior: Mason Blankenship

Public Safety Division Top Team (new this year): Shoots & Ladders (CFD Station 13)                         John Vacheresse, Glenn Branam, Clay Kruse, Larry Schrader, Todd Mischel

COAC was proud to have as this year’s beneficiary the Save A Warrior organization.  Save A Warrior is an innovative, evidence-based program that provides a powerful healing experience for Active Duty Military, Veterans and First Responders who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.  To learn more about this great organization please visit

Save A Warrior logo


Almost Here – 2015 Patriot Shoot!

The 2015 Patriot Shoot Sporting Clay Event is almost here!  If you have not yet registered a team or signed up to shoot in this event time is running out.  You still have time to Register, Sponsor or Donate using our website.  Day of event walk-in’s are also welcome.  This year’s event is looking to be our largest event yet!  Join us on the 29th to support an excellent organization – Save A Warrior!  For more information on the 2015 Patriot Shoot please visit our Upcoming Events section.