Sporting clay event raises money for Sams School

Sat, 12/22/2007 - 11:29am
By: The Citizen

Sporting clay event raises money for Sams School

With over 60 sponsors, 174 shooters and more than 25 volunteers, The Joseph Sams School Sporting Clay Tournament hosts, Wayne Bylsma, Allen Harp, and Brent Scarbrough, gathered in Gay, Ga. on Oct.12 for a morning of shooting sporting clays for a cause. The shoot lasted about four hours and raised more than $75,000 for The Joseph Sams School.

Event participants received a monogrammed Cabela’s shell pouch, a tee-shirt and a chance to win a Remington Premier Over/Under Shotgun. After the shoot, tournament contestants shared a home cooked barbeque ribs lunch with each other and some of the parents, staff and students from The Joseph Sams School. Columbia Sportswear and Autrey’s Armory sponsored the door prizes and guests were able to bid on an all inclusive quail hunt to Shoulderbone Plantation.

Sponsors of this event included: Brent Scarbrough & Company, Cherokee Pumping, North Georgia Concrete, The Knight Group, Remington, Thomas Enterprises, Allan Vigil Ford, Applied Underground Construction, Harps Farm, EMC Curbing, Presley Electric Co., Fairburn Ready Mix, The Redland, Sunbelt Structures, Haines, Gipson and Associates, Chatfield Contracting, Jeff Betsill Homes, Nick Crawford Backhoe and Underground Service, Kesco Dynamics, Embroidery by Design, Happy Dog Studios, Chick-fil-A-Fayette Towne Center & Starr’s Mill and many others.

The shoot was divided into competition and recreational categories. Strack, Inc. won at the Competition level and Cherokee Pumping was the recreational category’s 1st place winner.

The success of this event is in large part due to the philosophy of the event hosts and the sponsors who choose to support our cause. Their approach is both simple and profound, and can be best captured by a Ruth Smeltzer quote. “You have not lived a perfect day unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” This attitude has made all of the difference for the students and families served by The Joseph Sams School.

“We are very grateful to everyone who participated in this year’s event,” said event host Wayne Bylsma. “The money raised through this tournament provides much needed funding for the school and its students. My hope is that everyone who contributed understands they are touching the lives of some of God’s greatest gifts to us,” continued Wayne.

As a not-for-profit school, The Joseph Sams School relies heavily on its generous donors and community support. The Joseph Sams School is an accredited, private, non-profit organization located in Fayetteville, Georgia. The school serves children who have mild to severe cognitive, physical or diagnosed developmental disabilities from birth through age 21. To learn more about The Joseph Sams School, please visit

To find out information on the 2008 Sporting Clay Tournament or to be added to next year’s guest list, please contact Ashley Sams at 770-461-5894 or

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