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Shoot benefits Special Olympics

A benefit for Special Olympics was held over the weekend that was sponsored by the Desloge Police Department and the Lead Belt Gun Club in an attempt to raise funds for this year’s athletes.

Desloge Police Chief James Bullock said they were out shooting five stand and it went well. They had a lot of people participating this year.

“I know of some other people who are supposed to show up, so it looks like we’re going to do really well this year,” said Bullock on Saturday. “We have 20 so far and there should be around 10 more who are coming — 30 people is more than normal.”

The weather was definitely in their favor Saturday morning.

“We have had several donations, monetary, stuff from local businesses and even had a donation from as far as Dunn’s in Pevely,” said Bullock. “We have had a lot of donations from down here and some from as far as Pevely, they gave us some great prizes this year.”

Bullock said there had been a lot of people who aren’t members that came out to participate in the shoot and he couldn’t be happier.

“It’s great to get people who are outside shooters, it helps us,” said Bullock. “There has been a few women who participated in the past, but not as many that are out here today. We also have several kids who are participating this year. It’s really great to see.”

Pete Winn, 14, fires a shot during his round of five stand.

Pete Winn, 14, fires a shot during his round of five stand.

Pete Winn, 14, of Fredericktown, said he came out to shoot to help support a great cause. He said he shoots all the time, but just started trap and skeet last year.

“I like the clay birds. I have been out to benefit shoots in the past,” said Winn. “I did this shoot last year and have done one for the women’s shelter.”

Winn is on the Arnold Junior Shooters Team in Arnold and has been shooting since he was 4 years old.

Lori Sumski said she has shot a few times in the past. During her round she shot several of the clay birds and was getting high-fives.

Lori Sumski fires a shot at a clay bird and hits it.

Lori Sumski fires a shot at a clay bird and hits it.

“This is a great benefit and that is why we are here, it’s a great cause,” said Sumski. “We have a child with special needs and understand the importance of sending them to Special Olympics. It’s a great day, good fun, great people and a great cause.”

Jenna Miller, 16, of Desloge, was out shooting and she said she has never shot five-stand, but has shot skeet and trap in the past.

“I have an uncle who was in the Special Olympics and I am just really proud of him,” said Miller. “I just want to help in any way I can.”

Miller said she started shooting shot guns a couple of years ago and picked it up fairly quickly. 

“Five stand is a whole lot more fun than skeet shooting and trap,” said Miller. “With the trap they are going away from you and skeet they are just side to side. Five stand they are everywhere. You have rabbits coming at you and going away and they are up in the air.”

Each year they hope to raise a $1,000.

Jenna Miller lines up her shot and fires as the clay bird is released during a benefit for Special Olympics.

Jenna Miller lines up her shot and fires as the clay bird is released during a benefit for Special Olympics.

The Desloge Police Department is once again hosting their annual 2-round five stand shoot to benefit Special Olympics Missouri. The event will be held at Lead Belt Gun Club on March 30 and is open to the public. 

The Desloge Police Department is once again hosting their annual 2-round five stand shoot to benefit Special Olympics Missouri. The event will be held at Lead Belt Gun Club on March 30 and is open to the public. 

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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