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Local organization hosts shootout to help kids everywhere

Stacey Spivey
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Duck hunting season may be over, but the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club is hosting their first shootout for all East Texans to enjoy. "You don't have to put your guns up yet," said Crystal Bateman, a Kiwanis Club member. The event starts at 9 a.m.. Saturday March 14, 2014 at the Mud Creek Park in Jacksonville. There will be 10 stations with 10 shots each. The cost is $300 per team, and there can be four members on a shooting team. Everyone will be able to shoot for prizes like a shotgun, Yeti cooler, truck dog box, and gift cards to Gander Mountain. There will be a complimentary breakfast and lunch.

"Our club always does an annual auction, and it just always seems to hit the same people, and this year we just wanted to try to do something just a little different. Lets do something a little more fun, get a little more people involved so we just decided to do this clay shoot," said Britian McKinney, Jacksonville Kiwanis Club president. Club members said the excitement is already building, and around 30 teams have signed up. McKinney said the event has "turned out to be way better than we thought it would be."

Anyone is welcome to join the shooting fun and food, and support a good cause at the same time. "Its going to be so much fun and since its for charity, i think everybody is entering this with a great spirit, you know just a wonderful opportunity to be outside and have some fellowship, and raise some funds for Kiwanis," said Marlene Joell, a club member.

The club does one fundraiser a year supporting their charities like the Boy Scouts, literacy council, and the H.O.P.E. Organization. The proceeds from the shootout will go to a national non-profit organization that helps children in third world countries called UNICEF. This project is to help end neonatal tetanus in those countries. "We help the children and I just think that's the biggest part of this world is helping the children because that's who will take over next," said McKinney.

The club encourages everyone to grab their guns, and shoot for a good cause.  For more information you can go to their website - http://www.kiwanisclubjacksonville.org/

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