It’s kind of like golfing with a gun.
That’s how Mike Gardner describes the annual Adopt the Children Charity Clay Shoot.
Gardner, of Gardner, has been organizing the annual event for the past 14 years. At that time, Gardner worked for Johnson County and enjoyed participating in the county government’s annual Feed the Need food drive.
“I had been on the receiving end of that when I was a kid,” Gardner explained.
He also enjoys shooting and does it competitively at various events throughout the country.
“I just thought shooting would be a good way to raise money,” Gardner said. “And we’ve been successful.”
Gardner organized this year’s event with friend Johnnie Howe.
The charity shoot is set for Sept. 26 at the Cedar Hill Gun Club, 918 E. 1650th Rd., Baldwin.
The fun kicks off at 9 a.m. that morning. Shooters can compete in a trap 25 shoot, a sporting 100 shoot, a 5 stand competition, and then there will be a sporting 50 shoot for kids 16 and under.
In the trap shoot, competitors will go to five separate stations. Traps will shoot out five different times.
“You shoot five targets and then rotate to the next station until you’ve shot 25 shots,” Gardner explained.
In the sporting 100 competition, shooters will target clay. Gardner said competitors will walk a path or take a golf cart to pallets where they’ll stand. At each pallet, targets will be thrown in different directions. There are 12 stations for the sporting 100 event.
Gardner said the 5 stand competition is a mix of clay and trap shooting, and the sporting 50 is similar to the sporting 100 competition, but half the size. The winners of the kid events will receive cases of ammunition.
Competitors need to bring their own guns, though Gardner said the gun club has shot guns available for rental. Shooters will also need to supply their own ammunition, however 12 gauge ammo will be provided for kids competing in the sporting 50.
During the all-day event, food will be available. Hamburgers and sodas and sides will be served for donations. Money donated for food is used to support breast cancer research, Gardner said.
“I’ve found a $100 bill in the jar before. I don’t know how many people he was buying for if they just put the money in there,” he said.
The rest of the money raised from the shoot itself is given to different charities.
“The first check I write every year is to Harvester’s, a Kansas City group,” Gardner said. Additional funds are given back to some of the sponsors. For example, the city of Edgerton is an event sponsor, and Gardner donates money to the Edgerton Mayors Christmas for Children fund.
He doesn’t set a specific fundraising goal.
“It varies from year to year,” Gardner explained. “The best year we had we raised $8,500 in one day. Probably the worst year we had, we raised $3,500.”
Competitors don’t need to sign up to attend or compete. Guests should bring or rent a shot guns and ammunition, and just like golf, competitors can also bring their golf carts or four-wheelers to make their way through the course.
“Just show up,” Gardner said. “If you’ve never shot, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I can help people or take them around and show them how to do it. It’s all about getting to know people.”
The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 26 at the Cedar Hill Gun Club north of Baldwin. For more information, call Mike at (913)669-1304 or
email him at [email protected] or call Johnnie at (913)238-1976 or email him at [email protected].com.