When choosing a senior project, Marlee Garner decided to give back to a group that taught her about shooting guns.
The Harlem High School senior organized the Dustin’ and Bustin’ Charity Shoot, to be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, as a benefit for the Columbia County 4-H Gun Team.
“I have been a member of the Columbia County 4-H (Gun Team) since 2007,” said the 17-year-old from Appling. “I’ve competed at all levels, including state, several times.
“I figured the one way I could give back to something that has given so much to me is to raise money for people who cannot afford to shoot for our club.”
Annual membership dues to join the gun team cost $140, which covers the cost of shotgun shells, clay pigeons and competition fees.
Currently, Garner said, there are about 100 members on the team, mostly boys.
“I’m one of about five girls on the team,” she said. “When I started, I was one of three girls in a group of 80 guys.”
In addition to raising funds for the team, Garner hopes to involve more women in the sport.
“I’m trying to get more girls interested,” she said. “I hope I can promote that; I’m a girl who shoots guns almost every week and I love it. I want other girls to get involved in it, too.”
The charity shoot will be held at Pinetucky Gun Club at 2096 Greenland Road in Blythe.
Entry fees for adults cost $75 for those who preregister or $100 for those who register on the day of the shoot. Youth entry fees cost $60 to preregister or $75 the day of the shoot.
Registration on the day of the shoot starts at 9:30 a.m.
To preregister, call Garner at (706) 829-6625 or (706) 541-3680, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch is included for registered shooters and will be available for spectators. Tickets for prizes also will be sold at the event.