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Fundraiser hits the target for the Averitt
Annual event raises more than $9,000 for local arts
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Bryan Boykin, 16, waits for her turn during the Cultural Clays shooting benefit for the Averitt Center for the Arts.

    Forty-five shooters, including teens, adults and teams, gathered to participate in the eighth annual Cultural Clays shooting tournament on March 4 at BayGall Sporting Clays. The event is a fundraiser for the Averitt Center for the Arts.

This year's theme was "Aiming for the Arts." The event raised more than $9,075, which will be used to support the children and youth programs offered at the Averitt. 

Corporate teams included Steak & Shake, represented by the Bulloch County 4-H shooting team; Franklin Chevrolet, represented by the Bulloch Academy ladies shooting team; Line-X Customs, represented by the Bulloch Academy varsity shooting team; and Glenn-Davis & Associates, represented by the Georgia Southern University men's shooting team.

The Top 4-Man Team trophy went to the Glenn-Davis & Associates team. Harrison Kennedy, shooting for Line-X, was named Top Youth Shooter. Top Female Shooter was Bryan Boykin, representing Franklin Chevrolet, and Top Law Enforcement Shooter was Bulloch County Sheriff's Office Investigator John Quattlebaum. 

The individual shooting awards included three classes: Master, Expert and Sharp Shooter, all based on skill level. The first place Master Class trophy went to Stan Hillis, who shot 98 out of 100. 

Second place went to Jake Whitaker, and Will Marsh took third. 

In the Expert Class, Nathan Janney took first, Ethan Fields took second, and Dr. Johnny Martin came in third. 

In the Sharp Shooter Class, first place went to Jim Benton, second to Jake Wynn and third to Sheriff Noel Brown.

The event was chaired by Averitt board Past President Daphne Totten and Rahn Hutcheson, development director at the center.

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