Local ministries team with First National Bank for fundraiser

Published 8:28 pm Tuesday, February 17, 2015

First National Bank of Decatur County is teaming with the Friendship House of Jesus and Still Waters Women’s Shelter for the second annual Spring Sporting Clays Classic Fundraiser.

Hosted this year at Flint Skeet and Trap Club just south of Albany, anyone is welcome to enter into the event and spend a morning shooting sporting clays for a good cause on Feb. 28 starting at 9:00 a.m.

Event organizer James Reece of First National Bank of Decatur County said he was approached to do a second sporting clay fundraiser after the success of last year’s event at Commodore Industrial Park. This year, however, he was looking to move the fundraiser to a facility that has a course set-up.  “(Flint Skeet and Trap Club) are more than willing to work with charity events to start with,” Reece said.

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Reece dubbed sporting clays as “golf with a gun,” a metaphor for the course layout of the Flint Skeet and Trap Club. Teams move from stand to stand and fire shotguns at sporting clays as they are launched into the air. A scorecard is kept on a team’s performance and after each shooter gets to shoot at 100 targets.  Reece looks forward to having as many people as possible come out to shoot clays and win the many prizes available.

“These are great organizations, totally support by donations”, Reece said. “This is a fundraiser that is not just giving them money, you’re actually getting to participate in something. The comraderie of shooting—it brings the community together for people who have like interests, and it’s for a good cause at the same time.”

Participants can sign up the morning of the event. Entry price for a four-person team is $400. Individual entries are $125. Student teams (18 and under) may pay $250 to participate and student individual entries may pay $75. All proceeds go toward the Friendship House and Still Water Ministries.

Prizes for the fundraiser range from clothes to guns to guided quail hunts.

More than a hundred shooters participated in last year’s event, and Reece hopes to see the same turnout this year.