Turkey shoot benefits sick childrenPublished 3:04am Saturday, June 22, 2013
A few sick children are going to have their wishes filled with a day of hunting and fishing; exactly how many is up to local gun owners and the success of tonight’s Angels N Camo fundraiser.
The annual Summertime Turkey Shoot will be held tonight and June 29 at the Bunyan Fire Department. The fun starts at 7 p.m. both nights.
“We started it last year because everybody has a dinner and an auction. We wanted to do something that ties together with what we do,” said founder Lisa Adams.
Angels N Camo grants wishes for hunting and fishing adventures to children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Based in Beaufort County, the organization serves children here and in neighboring counties.
Most turkey shoots are held in the fall, but Adams said, “Why wait?”
Turkey shoots are shooting contests where contestants shoot at targets. They may use 12-, 16- or 20- gauge shotguns. Contestants provide the weapons, Angels N Camo provides the ammo.
Each round costs $3, and the one closest to the target wins $10.
“No turkey will be harmed in this event,” laughed Adams.
She described the shoot as a family event. There is even a children’s contest with .410-gauge rifles. Angels N Camo will provide the guns and ammo for the children.
In addition to the shoot, Adams will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers and Angels N Camo merchandise.
In the nonprofit organization’s 18 months in existence, Angels N Camo has granted two fishing trips and one bear-hunting trip to children. The organization has a deep-sea fishing adventure planned for July.
Children get the adventure, clothing and supplies for the trip, a personalized gift and a gift card to a local restaurant to give the families more family time, Adams said.
She said she started the nonprofit to honor a close friend who died. She was also motivated to do sports not covered by similar agencies.
“Make a Wish doesn’t grant those wishes, so we serve a community/population that they don’t serve,” Adams said.
Bunyan Fire Department is located at 8264 Broad Creek Road in Washington.
To learn more about Angels N Camo or tonight’s event, call 402-6575, go to www.angelsncamo.org or to www.facebook.com/angelsncamo.