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Record Archery Turnout Shoot To Cure Cancer In Jones Chapel
Camp David, one of the most beautiful, serene and hidden locations in Cullman County, played host this weekend to the 11th annual Shoot For a Cure 3D Archery Tournament.
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Despite frequent rains and severe storm delays on Saturday, a record number of archery competitors made their way from across the state to this pristine, natural enclave just south of Jones Chapel on County Road 940.
Today, near-perfect weather and strong advance publicity brought a record number of Sunday participants out to test their skills on this rugged, 20-station archery shooting course. The shooting course took tournament staffers over a week to cut out of the woods, arrange walking paths, and place vendor signs, as well as place targets, throughout this outstanding Gardendale First Baptist Church owned property.
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The Circle of Hope organization conducted the two-day mega-archery event (which dedicates itself to raising the needed funds for area cancers patients battling the disease). From its humble beginnings in 2007, it has grown yearly into the largest charity cancer shoot in the area.
Tournament co-director Casey Rodgers has been an instrumental part of the Circle of Hope organization since its inception:
“We are on a mission to give back. Multiple members of our family have had cancer. My mom and my uncle have been treated at the Bruno Cancer Center.
We want to see our money in action, and the see the funds we raise go where they have the greatest positive effect locally. We prefer this method, rather than giving money to a large organization, where we don’t know where the money goes, or what it is used for.”
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The tournament itself welcomed ALL levels of archery talent (and all ages of participants). The key tournament details included:
• A range of 20 3D targets is set -up with stakes to mark your distance based upon your division.
• Targets included fish, bears, foxes, deer, and black bears.
• A NASP tournament round for school-age archers is scheduled.
• Fun-rounds for non-tournament competitors are available.
• Awards are presented to the top shooters in every division!
Tournament Rounds = $15
Fun Rounds = $8
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Shoot For a Cure also attracted many top vendors this year including Mitch Smith Chevrolet, Van’s Sporting Goods, Tri-Green Equipment Company, Truck Country Autos, Stevens Trading Company, Victory Archery, and the NWTF. Countless other sponsors contributed $100 per campaign-sized sign along the entire length of the nearly 2-mile archery trek and course.
Competitors had a lot at stake including pride, trophies and tons of great prizes, including a Browning A-Bolt 3 30-06 Rifle and a 4-night stay in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Breakfast was served Sunday morning along with a devotional by Steton Hayes for early birds:
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Prominent Cullman attorney and estate planner C. Blake West was the grillmaster for lunch and an essential member of the Circle of Hope team:
“We raise money for cancer research. We donate all of our money raised now to the Bruno Cancer Center down at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
We’ve been doing this as a group, as a family, for more than 11 years. This year, we decided to incorporate and become a non-profit 501(c)3: ‘Circle of Hope Cullman’ … with all donations being 100% tax deductible.”
Below, you can watch a full video tour of the facility, the tournament, plus interviews with the participants as well as Casey Rodgers and Blake West:
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Permanent link to a high-resolution version of this video.
1st Place- Slade Riddle
2nd Place- Cooper Key
1st Place- Aubrey Corry
2nd Place- Matthew Vann
1st Place- Katie Skinner
2nd Place- Ace Ashley
1st Place-Dena Graben
2nd Place- Lauren Seymore
1st Place- Ronnie Gentry
2nd Place- Maddie Branum
1st Place- Joey Skinner
2nd Place- Jamie Kaple
1st Place- Rusty Graben
2nd Place- Ron Stephens
1st Place- Robert Holcomb
2nd Place- Bobby Knight
1st Place- Matthew Burns
2nd Place- Randy Green
1st Place- John Sullins
2nd Place- Anthony Parker
1st Place- Savannah Miller
2nd Place- Heather Sinyard
1st Place-Amanda Ashley
2nd Place-Heather Shultz
1st Place- Robin Green
2nd Place- Janet Knight
1st Place- Allie Stewart
2nd Place- Kaden Dyson
NASP Middle School:
1st Place- Maddie Branum
2nd Place- Grant Laney
NASP High School:
Tough Man Winner: Matthew Burns
$50 Drawing: John Sullins
Bow Fishing (Fish Target): Matthew Burns
$50 Drawing: Jeff Ponzini
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Rodgers summed things up perfectly today:
“This tournament has come a VERY long way since we started. We hope to keep doing this for another 11 years, and even beyond!”
You can learn more about ‘Circle of Hope‘ and their very special ‘Shoot For a Cure‘ tournament series (and donate if you feel led) on their Facebook page.
You can view ALL the photographs from this event at the link below as well as purchase high-resolution, premium quality prints in various sizes and styles including wall hangings:
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Record Archery Turnout Shoot To Cure Cancer In Jones Chapel
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