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Club takes aim at fundraising goal with sporting clay event on Nov. 9
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Posted: 2013 Sep 27 - 06:51

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MARTIN COUNTY -- When Palm City resident Barbara Essenwine was asked to fill a spot on her company's charity sporting clay team three years ago, she figured it was worth a shot. Little did she know she would quickly go from a shooting neophyte to helping plan a sporting clay shoot event for an organization close to her heart, Kiwanis Club of Stuart.

"It was such a fun and different event and we thought it would be a great opportunity for Kiwanis to raise funds, for our new major project - the final phase of Kiwanis Park in Stuart that will allow children with disabilities and special needs to be included in playground activities," said Ms. Essenwine.

Ms. Essenwine, along with community volunteers Chappy Young, Jennifer Williamson and Steven Swann, who are sporting clay experts and big supporters of the Kiwanis goal of building the special needs park, are coordinating the civic organization's second Kiwanis Clay Shoot Challenge sponsored by Steven Swann - Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Straight shooters and novices will have an opportunity to test their marksmanship at the sporting clay tournament, to be held at the South Florida Shooting Club in Palm City on Saturday, Nov. 9, from noon to 5 p.m.

The fundraising event provides an opportunity to participate in a fun and unique sporting clay shoot at an exclusive members-only shooting club nestled amidst 600 acres of rural land in western Martin County. Participants will test their shooting skills at 14 overlooks on the club's 40 shooting stations.

The event also includes lunch, and following the shoot a cocktail reception, dinner and Chinese and silent auctions will be held as well as an opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win a "luxury" all-terrain vehicle and a shotgun.

New this year is an opportunity to participate in "Gnat" shooting where participants will have an opportunity to shoot down small, high speed, maneuverable, radio controlled airplanes.

Most importantly, all proceeds from the event will help Kiwanis Club of Stuart stay on target with the construction of an inclusive playground at Kiwanis Park. Located in downtown Stuart, the addition of this specialized playground equipment at the popular park will better accommodate children with disabilities.

Last year, 70 participants from beginners to expert level participated in the event and helped raise $32,000 towards the completion of the inclusive playground. This year, Kiwanis hopes to attract 100 participants and increase their fundraising level.

Features of the inclusive playground will include wide ramps, slides, a smooth rubber ground surface, interactive play stations, tables and a special swing - all equipment is designed to accommodate wheelchairs.

"This will be the first and only playground of its kind in our area," said Suzy Hutcheson, president of Kiwanis Club of Stuart. "It will allow children with and without disabilities to play together and interact instead of being separated."

The park is estimated to cost between $175,000 and $200,000 to complete. Kiwanis Club of Stuart has been raising funds for the initiative for more than a year and will begin construction by the end of the year.

The goal is to raise enough funds from The Kiwanis Challenge Clay Shoot to complete the entire addition to the park. In addition to raising funds from the Kiwanis Challenge, playground equipment is also available for sponsorship.

The cost to participate in the Kiwanis Challenge is $200 per shooter. Sponsorships start at $1,000 and include a squad of four.

Tickets for the cocktail reception and dinner can also be purchased separately for $50 each. Raffle tickets and event reservations can be purchased online at www.kiwanisclubofstuart.org, directly from Kiwanis members or at GCY Professional Surveyors & Mappers, 1505 S.W. Martin Highway, Palm City.

For information, call Barbara Essenwine at (772) 286-8083.




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