The Lowcountry Annie Oakleys announced today that $180,000 was raised for the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital at their Third Annual Charity Clays Tournament & After Party held on Friday, September 29. The group provided over 50 volunteers to host 40 shooting teams for the 100-round tournament, some from far away as Texas. A record number of people attended the After Party, including 100 non-shooters, where guests enjoyed fabulous food from Cotton & Rye, a curated selection of wine & beer sponsored by Palmetto Bluff, a bourbon tasting presented by Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve, live music by Chuck Courtenay, a raffle and auction. All proceeds will fund a new pediatric pharmacy within the hospital.
The top scoring team was Myrick Marine with 349 points. The top Lewis Class team was Dr. Palmer Johnston with 243 points. The highest scoring male shooter was Jon Kent with 98 points. The highest scoring female shooter was Jessica Kent with 85 points.
The presenting sponsor was Springer Mountain Farms; platinum sponsors included Critz, The Kicklighter Company, Myrick Marine, and Susan and Charley Tarver. The Savannah Morning News was the media sponsor.
About the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah:
In 1992, Memorial University Medical Center opened the first and only designated children’s hospital in Savannah. On April 8, 2016, the groundbreaking ceremony was held to begin construction on the new stand-alone children’s hospital. The Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah houses the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and the only pediatric oncology program between Charleston and Jacksonville. The new building will feature a 24-hour Pediatric Emergency Department, Operating Rooms exclusively for children, and children’s patient rooms designed to accommodate family and friends.
In 2016, the Willett Children’s Hospital included 100 physicians, including 43 subspecialists. The Children’s Hospital serves infants, children and adolescents from 35 counties throughout Georgia and South Carolina. In 2016, over 73,000 children received care in the pediatric outpatient clinic and emergency room, while 4,700 young patients were admitted as inpatients, and specialized transport brought 324 premature babies to the facility from regional hospitals.
About the Lowcountry Annie Oakleys:
With over 100 members, aged 28 to 80, the Lowcountry Annie Oakleys started over six years ago with the joint mission of enhancing and promoting the sport of clay shooting for women and supporting local charities through tournaments held in the Lowcountry. Individual members and teams have competed in nine tournaments over the past year, and the group has also donated funds to support local youth shooting programs. The Lowcountry Annie Oakleys’ own tournament has established itself as one of the area’s most successful single day fundraisers within its first three years of existence, raising almost half a million dollars for the Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah.