Athens Review, Athens, Texas

August 6, 2013

KAB sets event

Shoot Out fundraiser planned for September

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Keep Athens Beautiful is locked and loaded with a new sporting clay event aimed at raising funds to help with projects around the city.

KAB Director Carol Morton told the Athens Noon Kiwanis on Tuesday that the Great Keep Athens Beautiful Shoot Out is set for Sept. 7 at Rose City Flying Clays in Tyler.

“We’re really excited about it,” Morton said. “We know there are a lot of shooters out there and think this can be an important fundraiser.”

The Shoot Out is a target game designed to simulate field shooting. On a Sporting Clay course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of game birds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shoots.

Trophies will go to the top three teams and the person who is the most on target will win Top Gun honors. Male, female and youth division winners will all get awards.

“We really need your support to come out and be a sponsor or come out and support a team, so we can continue to do the things we do here in Athens,” Morton said.

If you would like to enter a team, those who sign up as an individual shooter can do so for $100 until Aug. 29. The team entry fee is $350 until that date. After the deadline, the individual shooter entry fee increases to  $125 and the team price becomes $375. Individuals who would also like to compete in the team competition will be placed on a team.

Registration on the day of the event begins at 7:30 a.m. Shooting begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by lunch and an awards ceremony at noon.

Morton said KAB is still seeking sponsors for the event. Anyone who would like to lend their support can contact the organization at 903-675-7961.

  Morton said the KAB projects rely on local support. Although several major community-improvement projects have been completed in recent years using grant funds, the day-to-day operations of the organization rely on donations to continue.

Volunteers also play a key role, contributing more than 1,200 hours of service during the past year.