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Clay shoot could put Team Liberty on top
Team Liberty candidate Danny Creasy talks with Maria Center of the ADA during last Saturday’s Dorchester clay shoot. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier


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Barely 8 a.m. and the shots were clearly audible between the majestic oaks that envelope the Dorchester Shooting Preserve. The small crowd began to grow as the sun rose and shooters aimed at clay pigeons Saturday.
The preserve hosted the fifth annual Kiss-A-Pig clay shoot to support the American Diabetes Association.
“This is the largest single fund raising event in Southeast Georgia so it’s absolutely critical for the cause,” Maria Center, director of the ADA’s Southeast Georgia and Coastal South Carolina offices, said. “This community is really supportive and has really been behind the ADA. And the ADA is just proud to be the beneficiary of this great event, which seems to be growing more and more every year.”
Last year the clay shoot surprised many when it raised more than $72,000. This year, Team Liberty candidate Danny Creasy was confident Saturday’s shoot was going to exceed last year’s collections.
“It’s tough to guess exactly how much we raised just yet,” he said. “But we will exceed the $72,000 from last year.
“The Dryden family are very close to us and we think a lot of them,” Tim Harris, owner of the ACE hardware stores in Hinesville and Jesup and this year’s title sponsor, said. “We’ve known them for several years and we do business with them on a daily basis so naturally with their quest to help find a cure for diabetes, we decided we would help them just as much as humanly possible. We stepped up to be the title sponsor this year and are tickled to death to be here. We have 2-3 of our top management personnel as well as my wife, Ellen, here and today for us is all about pulling our fair share of the load to help fight diabetes.”
The event is just one of several fundraisers that started with the Kiss-A-Pig campaign kick-off in River Street in March. This year’s Kiss-A-Pig theme is “HAMocracy in action, the race for the cure.”
Creasy is running in the RePIGlican party against Chatham County Public School’s Dr. Joe Buck. Other teams representing the HAMocrats are also campaigning to see who will raise the most funds by May 31 and kiss Lulu the pig for the victory.
Until 1921 there was no treatment for diabetes. The discovery of insulin, which was originally derived from the pancreas of pigs, sustains life for those diabetics who are insulin-dependent. The ADA honors the pig for saving countless lives through its Kiss-A-Pig campaigns.
Team Liberty and Chatham County Public School have exceeded all other teams for the past 11 years and both have pledged to raise more than $100,000 this year. Last year team, Chatham County defeated Liberty by $8,000. This year Team Liberty is poised to win.
There is still time to support our candidate and donate for the cause. On May 3, Carter’s Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel will host a fish fry dinner at Philips seafood in Hinesville from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. That afternoon is the Kiss-A-Pig celebrity bartending fundraiser at Sunbury Crab Co. from 4-8 p.m.
On May 17, Bill Goodwin of Krogers, will be selling ribs and smoked Boston butts in the parking lot in front of the store to benefit the cause. That afternoon from 1-3:30 p.m. Vann’s will host a wine tasting. All the proceeds go to the ADA and help team Liberty overthrow Chatham County.

Dorchester results
Top lady shooter, Karen Smiley
Top junior shooter, Beau Meeks
Top gun shooter, Michael Clark
2nd place, Myler Cowart
3rd place, Chuck Woodcock
4th place, Denis Edenfield
5th place, Lucas Dryden
Top team, Daniel, Inc.
2nd place team, Sanitary Plumbing
3rd place team, Coastal Auto Parts
4th place team, Port City Maintenance
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