Keep Archery Excellence Open

$1,445 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 21 months
My husband Jared and I started an organization to teach kids archery in 2003.  We have a passion to teach archery.  We feel that archery is a sport people can do all of their lives, no matter who they are, what abilities or disabilities they have, no matter the age.  We feel archery makes people better in other parts of life that can't usually be taught, including focus, patience, endurance, self-esteem, caring, self-confidence, discipline, concentration, mindset, determination, how to deal with pressure, have hope and strength.  As these are all strengths and characteristics important to living a full and well rounded life, we feel archery is something that needs to continue and be available for people to learn at whatever stage of life they are at.  We opened an indoor archery range to allow people to come and learn and practice this sport.  When we taught archery around the city, before we opened our range, we had such large participation in our classes that we required more space, so we opened a space that is easily accessible, has plenty of space for all kinds of participants, is well lit, and has a lot of space for parking.  
To open our indoor archery range, we found a space that would be willing to work with our unsure budget.  We were granted the opportunity to use the space we have for a very reasonable price because we were willing to take the building as is, which required us to take out an equipment loan to cover the cost of new air conditioners and other equipment we had to purchase to open this facility to the public.  Our initial loan was $46,000 requiring a payment of $1850 per month.  However, we have gotten behind on this payment since August, as our camps and classes and advertising during the summer didn't bring as much funding as we had estimated.  We currently need $8000 to cover these back payments... 

We have tried many forms of advertising, but still haven't been able to reach as many archers and people as we feel we should have by now.  However, with other ranges closing down and really no other commercial archery lanes available nearby, we had no ideas of how we were supposed to advertise.  So, this summer when advertising, we evidently overspent.  We need $7000 to cover the bills for advertising.

We opened an archery pro shop in our indoor archery range, which has cost more than we planned and has made an additional $5000 deficit in our funding.

Up to this point, any extra funding we have needed, we have pulled from our private income, gotten credit cards to cover, or taken out additional capital loans, however, at this point, we are tapped out of personal funds, in fact even going negative lately, and having ruined our credit... we have no more avenues for credit personally, so we felt it necessary to try to find other help.

We named our initial company Christ, Bows, Arrows & Youth, Inc. (C.B.A. & You, Inc.), however, we chose to add a DBA of Archery Excellence (Archery Excellence by C.B.A. & You, Inc. ) to make it easier for people to remember the name and come to visit.  We feel we can't do anything without giving God the credit first, bows and arrows is what we teach, and youth had been our main focus up until about 5 years ago, when we have found everyone is young at heart.  We currently have students that are 4 years old up to almost 80 years old.  We feel that if God wants this company to continue, he will let it continue, but if not, he has other plans.

We have had so very many testimonies of peoples lives who have been touched and changed for the better and ministered to by who we are and what we have taught them.  We feel God has a plan for us to continue to touch peoples lives, giving us an opportunity to be a witness every day, but we need your help to continue to keep this facility available!

We need funding as soon as possible.  We are receiving calls pretty much every day to collect the money for the equipment loan and the advertising from summer.   Our payment was due in the end of November for our lease payment.  We have not been able to make our current payment for our lease with CAM (common area maintenance) fee and taxes and insurance for the lease for last month and this month, so we need an additional $5000 to cover that.

This company has not brought my husband and I any income; it actually has cost us way more than we can handle. To be able to cover these crutial bills to keep us running is something that we feel needs to continue to help people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn archery, but also come to know skills and be a ministry that wouldn't have been available elsewhere.

Even though of course we would be extremely grateful to have the funding needed to keep our range open, we know everyone who comes to our indoor archery range would be extremely grateful for allowing them to continue to have a place to come and practice, learn, and get the therapy that comes with shooting.
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With all of the generous donations over the past few weeks and tournaments we have held that have helped raise funds, and raising almost $1000 in the bow drawing, we are almost out of the woods!! We only have to raise a little over $6000 now... Thank you to everyone who has donated your time, your money, and especially your prayers! We sooo very much appreciate you all!
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So, after this last weekend raising almost $2000 in our fundraiser tournament and an extremely generous blessing of an anonymous donation of $1900 we are almost out of the woods... our third imminent threat has been averted... if we can make it through the month of January, we should be home free... to everyone who donated or sent up prayers for us, or came in to rent lanes or join in classes, thank you sooo very much!! New classes are starting this week if you want to join in! Like I said though, we aren't out of the woods yet... if you are still able to give a donation, anything helps... we have our regular bills (lighting, heating, water) coming into play again on the 15th... if you would like to come by the range to donate or if you would like to call in to donate instead of on here, or you would like to participate in the bow drawing on the 15th for the RH Moxie Origin in 3D Deception Frost camo, we would be very grateful to have the assistance!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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The next imminent threat is paying our lease payment (including tax/ins + CAM - common area maintenance fee) - the common area maintenance fees) due Jan 10th... feel free to donate to our gofundme account, by coming in to the range to donate in person during normal business hours, by donating toward tickets for the bow drawing, by calling in to the range during normal business hours, or by mailing in your donation to Archery Excellence, 4420 South Noland Road, Independence, MO 64055... or by coming to join in our fundraiser tournament on this Saturday, December 31st, New Years Eve at 9 am, 12 pm or 3 pm!

CAM total needed is $868.37 + $1931.19
Tax/Ins total need is $2201.96 + $1100.98
Lease Payment total needed is $3572.82 + $3700

Thank you in advance for anything you can give to help (no amount is too small or too large)!! We really appreciate all of those that have donated up to this point, have desired to donate, those that have come in to support us in person with renting a lane and/or renting equipment, and those that are praying for this business to survive! Please share this link!
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Second imminent threat has been averted... we were able to raise enough through donations for tickets for the bow we are giving away, people coming personally in to the range to make donations, as well as more people coming to join us in shooting (practicing or learning) to make the first $1900 equipment loan payment due tomorrow, to be able to have the equipment loan company stop threatening to come and repossess it... thank you, thank you! Please continue to share our gofundme link and pray for this business to thrive as well as give if you can (no amount is too small to help)!! We are seeing every day just how many people closing this facility would affect... thank you for your support and encouragement!
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Jim Bailey
21 months ago
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I am so happy that you made it.

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$1,445 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 21 months
Created December 10, 2016
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Kent Wooten
5 months ago

I love the call God has on your life and the vision He's given using archery as a ministry. Don't give up!

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Jim Bailey
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I am so happy that you made it.

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