Trying to raise funds during a recession is like trying to find a needle in a six-foot haystack.
But the Friends of Diabetes sixth annual Dorchester Clay Shoot fared well last Saturday, raising nearly $50,000.
The event also showcased the new Dorchester Hunting Lodge, which opened in December and features a world-class clay shoot venue.
The event, tied to the annual Kiss-A-Pig campaign raising money for the American Diabetes Association, raised a whopping $80,000 last year.
Team Liberty candidate Jason Rogers said he knew the economy would play a role in this year’s shoot, but feels confident about this year’s outcome.
"We are still on track and we are going to be the top team," he said. "We may not reach our monetary goal, but we will be the top team. I’m still confident about that."
Last year, Team Liberty upset the team representing Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools by raising $160,000.
This year Rogers said they might fall short of that mark. But he said his team plans to raise more funds than their competitors and plan to involve the children in their efforts.
"Chris Anderson (principal of Liberty Elementary) issued a challenge to all the elementary school principals to raise a minimum of $2,500," Roger said. "We will do a variety of events. I think you may see a principal wallow in the mud. A couple are going to kiss Lulu the pig if they reach their mark. All this will be once the CRCTs are behind them and we will have the schools compete all the way until the last day of school."Maria Center, ADA director for the Savannah area office, said the clay shoot was a big success, considering the economy.
"We are especially grateful to Mr. Claude Dryden and his family for their support," she said. "The American Diabetes Association is feeling the pain of the financial crisis just like any other company. We are fortunate to have the support of many people who are personally affected by diabetes and these are the folks who tend to give even when times are tough. We think we will be able to make our financial goals in spite of the recession."
Center also thanked Charlie and Chuck Gaskin of the Dorchester Shooting Preserve and all the sponsors, saying, "We know it’s a difficult business climate."
In addition to the planned school activities, Carla Goodwin of the Coastal Bank is making bows to sell for $10 a each. She is taking orders until April 30 and hopes the community will display the bows the week of May 5.
For more information about Goodwin’s project, e-mail email@example.com, call 369-4403 after 6 p.m. or 408-2171.
The annual KAP celebrity bartending has been rescheduled to May 23, from 4-8 p.m. at the Sunbury Crab Company.
Clay shoot Winners
Top gun, Waynard Scott
2nd place, Jeff Warren
3rd place, Al Padrick
4th place, Duane Hearn
Top female, Karen Moody
Top junior, Mark Pickering
1st place: F. Wendell Brannen Team: F. Wendell Brannen, Dwayne Conner, Waynard Scott and Greg Finch
2nd place: Coastal Auto Parts: Gary Gibbs, Dennis Edenfield, Kenny Lightfoot and Ernest Bradham
3rd place: Daniel, Inc.: Joe Nease, Ashley Sikes, Alan Sikes and Michael Clark