Shooting Straight for a Cure in Jacksonville
June 5, 2008
Christopher Moore has been a familiar face at the Florida Chapter-North Florida Office’s Shoot for a Cure since he was an endearing 6-year-old, handing out soft drinks and blank ammunition during the clay shooting event. Now 12, Christopher served in a more grown-up role this year, delivering the Bid for a Cure at this year’s event and helping the chapter to raise more than $79,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The two-day March event kicked off with what is becoming a new Shoot tradition: the annual shrimp boil dinner, held at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium in Jacksonville, Fla. The evening included silent and live auctions, the raffle of a much sought-after football autographed by Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback David Garrard and entertainment from 17-year-old country singer Katie Gillard.
Christopher Moore and his grandfather, Lewis Tillman, take a ride to Jacksonville's Northside for the clay shooting event.
The following morning, more than 140 guests in teams of four traveled in golf carts and on foot to the outskirts of Jacksonville’s Northside for the spirited clay shooting competition. Following the three-hour, 17-shooting station tournament held at WW Sporting Clays, a prize drawing and an awards ceremony to honor the winning teams were held.
“Shoot is a real tradition in this area,” says longtime Co-Chair Richard Lovelace, divisional vice president of the Stellar Group. “So many volunteers and donors who have been coming for years are dedicated to the event’s success, and many new guests are stepping up to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”
Among those dedicated supporters are leaders from the North Florida construction industry, including corporate sponsors Adams Interior Contractors, Batson-Cook Company, Stellar Foundation, Miller Electric Company, Bender & Modlin Fire Sprinkler, Inc., and Empire Tilt-up Systems. Many thanks also go to key volunteers Gayle Staton, Allen Bender, Eddie O' Halloran, Bill Carr, Bill Klima, David Barksdale, Doug Meyers, Jody Adams and Richard Lovelace for their help.