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Shooting down breast cancer — one clay pigeon at a time

Walton EMC Charity Shoot raises $16,700

MONROE - Participants, sponsors and volunteers at the Walton EMC Charity Shoot 2018 combined to raise $16,700 to benefit local breast cancer organizations. Proceeds from the annual event organized by employees of Walton EMC now total $120,000.

Participants in the Walton EMC Charity Sporting Clays Shoot raised $16,700 toward helping those with breast cancer. The event consists of a round of 100 clay targets thrown in various configurations that tests the shooters' skill.

The money benefits numerous agencies within Walton EMC’s 10-county service area to provide information and services to breast cancer patients, said Kathy Ivie, Walton EMC’s youth and community specialist.

“Every clay pigeon shot down during the Charity Shoot helps to fund free breast health education, screening, examinations, mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies as well as assistance to individuals who are financially challenged by a cancer diagnosis,” she added.

Top teams, individuals
This year’s contest attracted 33 teams, bringing together 132 individual competitors.

The team representing Southern Sanitation earned first place overall. Coweta-Fayette EMC claimed the team win in the ladies’ division.

Barry Zuckerman of Roswell shot his way to the high overall score for an individual.

Sharp shooter Vickie Rollins of Statham had the high individual score among ladies for the third consecutive year. Rollins, who is a breast cancer survivor, has won the individual honor every year the competition has offered a division for women.

A complete list of winners is below.

Employees take action
This is the eighth year Walton EMC employees and their families have organized and hosted the Charity Shoot held at Cherokee Rose Gun Club in Griffin. Money raised through team entry fees, sponsorships, and a silent auction will be donated by employees representing the co-op as participants in the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, Sept. 29-30 in Atlanta.

The two events are among many hands-on community activities the electric cooperative’s employees are actively engaged in throughout the year.

“Concern for the community is a hallmark of our consumer-owned utility,” Ivie said. “We don’t just talk about caring, we show it in all that we do at work and in the community. That’s the cooperative way — and the Walton EMC way.”

Walton EMC is a customer-owned power company that serves 130,000 accounts over its 10-county service area between Atlanta and Athens.