The Valdosta Daily Times
For more than 15 years, the Children's Advocacy Center has been helping children and families that are affected by physical or sexual abuse. To meet the needs of these victims, the CAC depends on community support and donations. This need is what inspired the center to begin hosting an annual clay shoot 15 years ago.
Saturday morning, nearly 350 community members showed their support for the center during the clay shoot at Southwind Clays & Quail. Forty teams of varying ages and skill levels competed in the shoot.
The 15th annual CAC clay shoot was presented by CJB Industries and District Attorney David Miller.
"The CAC is a critical partner with all of the criminal justice agencies in helping to serve the abused children of our county and the surrounding counties. In any child abuse investigation and prosecution, the interview with the child is the more important part. It is great to have a wonderful CAC like ours where children can feel comfortable and where we have specifically trained people to help the children through this tough time," said Miller.
He continued, "The clay shoot is the largest fundraiser for the year for the CAC and because the CAC is so dependent on community support and private donations in order to operate, it's important for people to support the clay shoot. It’s not only a way to have fun and fellowship together but to also help provide the very needed services for the abused children in the community."
During the shoot, 50/50 raffle tickets were sold for a variety of great prizes.
Proceeds from the event will go to the CAC to help them continue their services. The center's goal for the event was $28,000.
"Without community support, we couldn't do what we do. All of the services that we provide to children and families affected by physical and sexual abuse, we wouldn’t be able to do that without the support of the community," said Deborah Maine, executive director for the CAC.