They say seven is a magic number - seven days in the week, seven colors in the rainbow, seven seas - and this year will see the seventh annual Children's Relief Fund Sporting Clays Shoot.
The shoot will take place March 9 at the historic Forest City Gun Club in Savannah. The event has grown steadily over the past six years. It is not only a favorite annual gathering for past participants but also an opportunity to contribute purposefully to a unique and meaningful local organization.
As in the previous few years, this year's shoot will benefit Pockets Full of Sunshine, a local non-profit organization that aims to provide inclusive vocational and social opportunities for adults with disabilities. By providing meaningful employment opportunities for exceptional individuals, PFS hopes to increase their exposure to and interaction with the community, as well as provide them with increased independence, growth and a sense of personal pride.
Currently, the program is three-fold. Adults with special needs (the "Rays") meet weekly at a local church to socialize and create functional, creative crafts using recycled materials. The Rays then attend community events, selling their items and spreading sunshine to all they meet.
Pockets Full of Sunshine also sponsors a weekly Friday Night Club. The Club not only provides a relevant social opportunity for special adults, but also a necessary break for their caregivers.
Additionally, PFS has recently partnered with a local business, Transportation Safety Apparel. The Rays work at TSA weekly, completing a variety of administrative tasks such as filing, shredding and packing boxes. The Rays have also begun to complete screen-printed projects of their own.
With the help of the funds raised from the yearly shoot, the future is bright for the Rays and Pockets Full of Sunshine.
From year one, the shoot has been about the experience; the atmosphere is authentic and the participants, sponsors and volunteers are warm-hearted. It's a fun day of sportsmanship and camaraderie.
The private and prestigious Forest City Gun Club boasts more than 537 acres and is America's oldest continuously operating skeet, trap and sporting clay shooting club. The chance to shoot there is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
This year's shoot includes a Beginners Clinic and optional Five-Stand Warm Up, catered lunch, a special exhibition, safety clinic, and an awards reception and silent auction. The event will include handcrafted items from PFS.
For more information and to register, call Carol Bartholomew at 843-384-1315 or visit pocketsfullofsun.org.