Bug spray was needed Saturday as the sun lit up the sky, making the little orange sporting clays difficult to see for the shooters at the seventh annual Dorchester Sporting Clays Shoot benefitting the American Diabetes Association’s annual Kiss-A-Pig campaign.
Thirty teams came out to test their aim and help Kiss-A-Pig Team Liberty candidate Jon Long get closer to kissing Hamlet the pig at the upcoming gala May 21.
The campaign honors the pig for its contribution in insulin research. Teams from nine communities are competing to see who can raise the most funds for the ADA. The annual Dorchester shoot has aided the ADA by raising more than $300,000 in the past six years.
"It’s been a really good campaign," Long said. "We had our golf tournament at Sapelo Hammock recently and we had a good turnout. We raised a little money and we had a good time.
"Today, of course, is the biggest fundraiser that Kiss-A-Pig does in Liberty County and we are so grateful to the Dorchester Hunting Preserve for putting this on and helping us out with it," he said. "Everybody is having a good time and we expect a lot of people to show up and shoot today."
Long thinks the golf tournament, which was held March 26, will yield a few thousand dollars. The final tally from Saturday’s clay shoot will take a few days but last year the event raised roughly $50,000. In 2008 the event cleared more than $78,000, giving then - Team Liberty candidate Danny Creasy the edge over Team Savannah Chatham Public Schools. It was the first time Team Liberty kissed the pig.
More activities are forthcoming, including the Sunbury Crab Company’s Crab Cake Cook-off scheduled for April 24 from 4-8 p.m.
"That’s a new event for us and we are looking forward to that and having a lot of fun and hopefully raise a lot of money there also," Long said
On May 15, Team Liberty is hosting a poker run and Long said area bikers are involved in making it a success.
Every year the event has a theme and this year the Kiss-A-Pig committee decided to be kid-friendly with "Harry Porker and the Blood Sugar Prince battle for control."
They think it will help with this year’s educational format addressing children who live with type -1 diabetes.
Top 4 teams
1. Sanitary Plumbing
2. Sumtoy Customs
3. The Heritage Bank
4. All Custom Gutters
1. Michael Clark
2. Chuck Woodcock
3. Don Padrick
4. Luke Dryden
Top Lewis Class Awards
1. Consolidate Pipe Team #1
2. P. C. Simonton & Associates
3. Bryant Associates Architects
4. Dr. Judy Piros
Top junior shooter, Alex Davis
Top female shooter, Lauren Jones