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George West Education Foundation holds inaugural skeet shoot
by Christina Rowland Progress staff
Oct 17, 2012 | 713 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The fall in South Texas means bird hunting season to so many, and one way to improve on the ability to hit birds is skeet shooting.

The George West Education Foundation is capitalizing on people wanting to improve their shooting skills by hosting the first – of what they hope are many – skeet shoot and dinner on Oct. 20 at the 50/50 ranch in George West.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to the newly formed Education Foundation, which has a goal of “raising money for grants to GWISD teachers and administrators to fund educational opportunities to inspire and achieve great things in our schools.”

The George West Education Foundation is modeling itself after the Port Aransas Education Foundation that formed in 2006.

Like the Port Aransas Foundation, the George West Foundation will hold a fundraiser to raise money for teacher grants. Teachers or any district employee will be able to apply for grants that will better their ability to help the students learn. Grants will be handed out in spring.

According to Board President Darlene Rhodes, the idea to hold a skeet shoot came from one of the board members; the group voted, and it has grown from there.

The group of nine board members has been meeting diligently every week to make the whole event come together.

Since this is their first event, it is a learning experience for them.

It is not just a skeet shoot but a whole evening of entertainment.

The skeet shoot is from 3-6 p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dinner will be gumbo, fajitas, shrimp boil, sausage and dessert. Beer and wine also will be served. Dinner will be followed by both a silent and live auction.

If skeet shooting isn’t appealing, the auctions items should be.

Some of the live auction items include an offshore fishing trip on an 82-foot boat, three different bay guided fishing trips, four Spurs tickets with lower level seating, a vacation house in Colorado for a week, four rounds of golf , a condo for the night in Port Aransas and more.

Rhodes has been very impressed with the items that have been donated thus far for the auction.

“People have stepped up. It has been incredible,” she said.

After the auction ends, a night of dancing will begin. Live entertainment will be provided by the Rich Lockhart Band. The band plays rock and county songs from all genres.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at Texas Industrial (across from fair grounds) on U.S. Highway 281 or from any of the education foundation board members.

Tickets are $50 per shooter for the skeet shoot, and dinner tickets are $50 each as well.

Sponsor tables can be purchased for $700 and accommodate eight people.

All attendants must be 18 years of age.

For information, call Darlene Rhodes at 361-850-0813 or Mable Humphrey at 361-597-0361.
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