SafeHomes Inc. wants Augusta to “Take Aim at Domestic Violence.”
That’s the theme of the nonprofit organization’s annual trap-shooting competition on April 20 at the Pinetucky Gun Club. Money goes toward its mission of “transforming domestic violence victims into survivors.”
While some might see the event as contrary to SafeHomes’ central goal, one organizer said Tuesday that the focus is less on shooting clay targets and more on the camaraderie shared among participants and spectators.
“There are some people who may find the message to be upsetting or antithetical, but we are OK with that, because domestic violence is disturbing and this event truly captures what it’s going to take to end it – a united effort in the community, ” Ruthie Garcia, the public relations and volunteer coordinator for SafeHomes said.
Professionals and novices of the sport – ages 12 and up – are invited to sign up for the event, which will include a dinner, awards presentation and raffle drawing for a Stoeger Model 3000 12-gauge shotgun, according to the organization’s Web site.
Registration costs $40 for youth, $50 for servicemen and servicewomen, and $70 for adults. The price includes two rounds of trap, ammunition, a shotgun (if needed) and cookout with beverages. Teams of five can enter for $350 and spectators can show their support by purchasing a dinner ticket for $15.
The Take Aim at Domestic Violence trap-shooting contest is the brainchild of Mark Herbert, the husband of JoAnn Herbert, the chairwoman of SafeHomes Board of Directors. The event was created in 2010 amid a rebranding effort at the nonprofit organization, which provides refuge to assault-and-battery victims.
In its inaugural year, the competition was held in July and drew 65 participants, Garcia said. It has grown to close to 100 contributors.
Garcia said event registration is at 1 p.m., shooting begins at 2 p.m. Dinner, raffle drawings and awards for the top three individuals in each flight will follow at 4:30 p.m.
Information and registration forms are available at safehomesdv.org and the SafeHomes administrative offices at 904 Merry St. Call (706) 736-2499 for more information.