An anonymous donor with long-standing ties to the city and the Walla Walla Gun Club gifted $5,000 during the group’s general meeting.
Proceeds will specifically benefit the purchase of youth shotguns and ammunition for the start-up WWGC Scholastic Clay Target Program Youth Trap and Skeet Team, said Bob Bloch, club secretary-treasurer.
The contribution is a boon as, with low cash reserves on hand, the group has to outfit the new program from scratch. Now WWGC can afford the new youth shotguns and practice ammunition necessary to have a successful first year of operations.
“The welcome donor came forward after reading about the SCTP team in a Shooters’ Corner article featured recently in the Union-Bulletin,” Bob said
To date, more than 30 young men and women have expressed interest in the SCTP team.
WWGC encourages all youths 13-18 years old who are interested in learning safe and effective clay target shooting to contact the club at 541-969-7913, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first organizational meeting of student athletes and their parents who wish to learn more about the Scholastic Clay Target Program will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the WWGC clubhouse, 1212 Middle Waitsburg Road.
A raft of donated school supplies came in to the Walla Walla Public Schools courtesy of a delivery from Helpline Executive Director Liz McDevitt and volunteers Sheila Kelly, Drew Kelly, Patrick Kelly and Leo Lapke.
Paper, pens, backpacks and many other items were stacked in the district warehouse for distribution to schools.
School supplies continue to be in high demand throughout the district, said WWPS Communications Director Mark Higgins.
“In the past few years we have seen an increase in the need for backpacks,” he said.
“We appreciate this generous donation from Helpline as students get ready for the new school year.”
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