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Sporting clays event to benefit The Place of Forsyth County

FORSYTH COUNTY -- An upcoming shooting range event will serve as a fundraiser for a nonprofit in Forsyth County that provides emergency assistance , food and workforce development classes to residents in need.

The second annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser, benefitting The Place of Forsyth County, is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, with an 8:30 a.m. check-in and 9 a.m. start at the Etowah Valley Sporting Clays, located at 619 Sporting Hill Drive in Dawsonville.

Funding will support maintenance and “modernization of the transportation fleet, material handling equipment, warehousing racking and coolers/freezers that provide for the movement of foodstuffs in a safe and efficient manner,” said Joni Smith, executive director of The Place, in a news release.

“Neighbors in our community don’t have enough food for their family,” Smith said. “Many eat only canned food and never eat fresh products such as eggs or fresh fruits and vegetables.”

She said the fundraiser will benefit The Place’s food pantry.

Sporting clays is a shooting sport that takes place on a golf-course type natural terrain where clay targets are thrown from machines designed to simulate the “unpredictability of live-quarry shooting,” according to the venue’s website.

Winners will receive a trophy and a winner’s hat.

Raffles and an awards presentation will follow the course time with beverages and food provided.

The entry fee is $100 with a $46 range fee, and the first 25 to register will receive an event hat. To make a reservation, contact Ashley Carroll at or (770) 887-1098 by Thursday.