Orange Park, FL - Today Orange Park Medical Center held a unique event to raise money for the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund. The sporting clay shooting fundraising event called Shooting for Hope raised $45,000 and brought out nearly 100 shooters to compete and raise awareness for the cause. Teams of shooters spent the day on a sporting clay course at Bradford Sportsmen Farm competing.

Last year HCA Healthcare, Orange Park Medical Center's parent company helped over 6,000 employees with $6.4 million in grants during financial hardship due to natural disasters, domestic violence, death of a loved one and other special situations, thanks to the Hope Fund. The employee-supported charity helped many Orange Park Medical Center employees on the first coast get back on their feet following Hurricane Irma and Matthew.

"Being in healthcare, it's natural for our people to rally together when devastation strikes," said Richard Michaux, Orange Park Medical Center's Director of Facilities and Shooting for Hope Organizer. "Not only does our staff stand-by during disasters for our community, they also step-up when it's one of their own going through a difficult time."

The 501(c)3 charity is funded by both employee and public contributions. Michaux says a gift of just $2 per pay check by one employee at Orange Park Medical Center can change a life and employees do not hesitate to give to the cause.

"What's special about the Hope Fund is that it's colleagues helping colleagues. Spreading awareness and getting the community involved is really exciting for us."