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Skeet-shooting for a cause

Published 10:14am Thursday, January 10, 2013

By Ed Bailey

With the launching of clay targets and the pull of a trigger, the Lake Martin Area Boys and Girls club hopes to raise money for its members.
The eighth-annual Sporting Clays Classic will be held on Feb. 9 at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club and Melissa Reynolds, executive director of the Lake Martin Area Boys and Girls club, said she hopes to surpass the total funds raised from last year’s event.
“We raised $9,000 last year and we’re looking to do better than that,” she said. “It’s about giving people a chance to network and fellowship for a good cause.”
The Sporting Clays Classic is a skeet-shooting tournament open to individual and team competitors.
It is open to people of all ages, as there will be a youth division and an adult division.
Breakfast and Lunch will be served to participants in the Sporting Clays Classic tournament.
There are also sponsorship opportunities for anyone interested, with four different categories.
“Individual shooter sponsorships costs $75, team sponsorships at $600, Clay Masters go for $1,000 and Clay Commander sponsorships are $1,600,” Lakita hawes, financial specialist and director of the Searcy unit of the Boys and Girls club said.
Teams will consist of four shooters. For Clay Masters and Clay Commanders, there will be two and four teams, respectively, of four shooters competing.
Monetary prizes will go to the tournament winners but according to Reynolds, the amount of those prizes depend on the amount of money raised during the Calcutta auction that will take place on Feb. 8 at Jake’s restaurant.
“We’ll have a reception where people will have a chance to buy sponsorships for teams,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds and Hawes added that since the skeet-shooting tournament’s inception, the event has been very successful in increasing interest and community involvement. More importantly, it has been fruitful for the youths that frequent the Boys and Girls club.
“A lot of people around here have expressed interest in hunting and this gives them a safe, fun environment to explore that, so to speak,” Hawes said.
“The most important thing is that it’s all for the kids,” Reynolds said. “We’re doing this to raise money for the kids.”
The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Anyone participating in the event are required to be present by 8 a.m. in order to go over shooting preparations.
Any interested parties is encouraged to contact Reynolds at (256) 234-4757 or visit the administrative offices, which are located on Cherokee Rd. across from Radio Shack.

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