The following news release is furnished by Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton
The date is set for the 5th annual fundraiser for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes. Each year the event is sponsored by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office and hosted by the Chatuge Gun Club. As I try to do each year, I’d like to take a moment to talk a bit about what the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes are and how it all came about. The purpose of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is, in the words of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, “to give our state’s most at-risk children the love, safety, and structure needed to become mature, successful adults.
The Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes grew out of a concern that the Sheriffs of Georgia have for abused and neglected children. During the 1950’s the sheriffs noticed that this was a growing problem across the state and began to consider ways to make a difference in the lives of these children who, through no fault of their own, had become victims of abuse and neglect. The sheriffs considered this project vital for these children and for our state.
In 1960 Georgia’s Sheriffs were able to open the first Georgia Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch near Hahira, Georgia. The Boys Ranch provided children an opportunity to learn “strong moral values, religious awareness, personal responsibility, teamwork and acceptance of authority, as well as how to overcome adversity” (Georgia Sheriffs’). This first campus was only the start of a vision that would continue to grow. Today there are four additional campuses that provide a nurturing atmosphere for boys and girls placed strategically across the state.
I believe that the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes provides opportunities for children to succeed. I believe that children deserve to be given a chance to become productive, successful, law abiding citizens. To me the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is providing these children the opportunities that our nation’s founders dreamed would be available to all children. Children in the Youth Homes learn that they are able to overcome their difficulties and that if they work for it, they can obtain a better life for themselves. I think that our children deserve to be given a chance to succeed. This is why I continue to support the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes.
On Friday, June 28, 2013 the Chatuge Gun Club will be hosting our 5th annual fundraiser. We will have our traditional trap shoot, which consists of each shooter shooting from five positions at a total of 50 clay birds. The donation for each shooter is $50. Teams are welcome and encouraged. A team consists of five individuals and the donation for a team is $250. To enter a team, or enter as an individual, contact Chatuge Gun Club President Ed Jones at 706-896-1783, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, we are offering a shotgun clinic which will be taught by the expert trap shooters of the Chatuge Gun Club. This will be a fun-filled day of shooting, raffles, door prizes, and great fellowship. All the proceeds go directly to benefit the children of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes and because the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is a public charity, any donation to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes qualifies for the highest tax deduction allowed by law.
You do not have to participate in the trap shoot to participate in the other events of the day. Please come out and join us as we have a great time and raise money for a great cause.
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