2018 Gun Club Charity Event

Shooting Down Breast Cancer — One Clay Pigeon at a Time

If you’re a member or do business with Walton EMC, you likely know that “concern for community” is a hallmark of our consumer-owned cooperative. When we say we “demonstrate” concern, we really mean it. Walton employees show they care through action. The recent Walton EMC Charity Shoot 2018, organized and hosted by co-op employees, is a shining example of that.

The event, held at Cherokee Rose Gun Club on Aug. 17, raised another $16,700 to benefit local breast cancer organizations. The proceeds from eight annual shoots total $120,000.

The event raised another $16,700
to benefit local breast cancer organizations.

The money benefits numerous agencies here in Walton EMC’s 10-county service area to provide information and services to breast cancer patients. Every clay pigeon shot down during the Charity Shoot helps to fund free breast health education, screening, examinations, mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies as well as assistance to individuals who are financially challenged by a cancer diagnosis.

It takes a lot of hands — and hearts — to make this event a success each year. We were richly blessed to have participants, sponsors and volunteers in abundance for the 2018 shoot.

A shout-out to our shooters

This year’s contest attracted 33 teams, bringing together 165 individual competitors. Among them was Buddy Johnson, a member of the Southern Sanitation team that claimed first overall. Buddy has participated in the competition every year and says everything about the event is “first class.” Thanks, Buddy.

Vickie Rollins of Statham has participated since we started a ladies division three years ago. Not only is she winning in life as a breast cancer survivor, but she’s also a sharp shooter who has won the ladies’ division every year.

See a complete list of 2018 Charity Shoot winners
at the end of this post.

Be sure to see the complete list of winners at the end of this post. Congratulations to every winner and all the competitors for helping us shoot down cancer — one clay pigeon at a time.

Thank you to our sponsors

Space doesn’t allow listing all of the businesses that help make the Charity Shoot possible, but a special shout-out goes to Walton Gas, the presenting sponsor. The donations from all of our sponsors help defray the costs associated with the event, meaning more money can go to breast cancer education and services. Many of these sponsors also bring teams and volunteer during the shoot. Thanks to one and all!

Making it happen

Without the behind-the-scenes work of many Walton EMC employees and their families, the Charity Shoot would not be possible. Kathy Ivie, Walton EMC’s youth and community specialist, is our fearless leader, but she’s quick to point out that many hands contribute to the event’s success.  

Before the big day, Walton office employees manage registration and put together goody bags and snack bags for participants. Some Walton EMC linemen handle logistics such as setting up the shooting stations, putting out tents and signs and filling coolers.

An army of employees are on hand the day of the event to register arriving teams, sell raffle tickets, work at the shooting stations and keep score — whatever is needed to ensure participants have a good time. And when the competition ends, shooters head back to the gun club pavilion for a BBQ chicken lunch prepared by Walton employees who started cooking before most got out of bed that morning.

Though we’ve closed the books on another successful Charity Shoot, the active community caring by Walton EMC employees doesn’t stop there. It’s just one of the many hands-on community activities we are actively engaged in as a company throughout the year. For instance, several employees have been training to walk 30 miles as a team in the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer in September. Now that’s a lot of action!

We’re caring for the community — one shot, one step at a time. It’s simply the cooperative way — and the Walton EMC way — of doing business.


Walton EMC Charity Shoot
Cherokee Rose Gun Club
Aug. 17, 2018

Class 1
1st place: Alex Doster, Monroe
2nd place: Jeff Brewer, McDonough

Class 2
1st place: Doug Ruark, Monroe
2nd place: Jere Rowe, Monroe

Class 3
1st place: James Brooks, Sandersville
2nd place: Chip Morrow, Braselton

High Individual Overall
Men: Barry Zuckerman, Roswell
Women: Vickie Rollins, Statham

Team – Men

1st place: Southern Sanitation
2nd place: Cobb EMC
3rd place: Jackson EMC

Team – Women

1st place: Coweta-Fayette EMC

During the Walton EMC Charity Shoot, participants, sponsors and volunteers joined forces to raise $16,700 for breast cancer education and patient services.

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