Annual Kosciusko County Shrine Turkey Shoot Is Oct. 15-16

Pictured (L to R) are John Sadler, co-chairman; Mike Kinsey, vice president, Kosciusko County Shrine; Levi Ebersole, Two Bear Arms gun donor; Don Smith, chairman; and Nathan Ousley, president, Kosciusko County Shrine. Photo Provided.

ETNA GREEN – The Annual Shrine Turkey Shoot will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15-16 at Beeson’s Gun Range, 8994 W. CR 25S, Etna Green (just off Crystal Lake Road).

Over the years, thousands of local sportsmen and their families have supported the Kosciusko County Shrine Club in raising thousands of dollars to support the club’s multiple missions for Kosciusko County, according to a provided news release. The annual shoot is held to support the Kosciusko County Shrine Club.

The Kosciusko County Shrine Club, celebrating over 80 years, is best known for the annual trip for third-graders to the “Shrine Circus” with literally over a 67,000 students, since 1957, taken free of charge, as a conservative estimate. The club supports many other local and national philanthropic organizations and firmly realizes “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child,” the release states.

On average, the county has over 125 patients treated by the Shrine Hospitals; regardless of the ability to pay. The Turkey Shoot is a way for the community to support the local Kosciusko County Shrine Club and its philanthropic mission. The public is welcome.

Shoot a paper target, bring your own gun or one can be provided, as well as shells. Shoot for Maple Leaf Farms Duck and Serenade Food Products, Walmart turkeys, cash or other prizes. Children, age 12 and under, shoot a .410 to win a Youth .410 shotgun donated by Two Bear Arms of Etna Green (winner determined Sunday). A raffle for a Henry Golden Boy lever action .17 HMR mag rifle is available.

Participants may come for a shoot, or a sportsmen’s silent auction. Many local merchants and individuals who are sponsoring the event are committed to community and the Mizpah Shrine Temple’s philanthropic mission to provide world class health care for local children, the release states.

Donors to the Kosciusko Shriner’s Turkey Shoot include Alderfer Bergen Co., American Legion Post #49, American Legion Auxiliary Post #49, American Table, Arby’s – Detroit Street, Applebee’s, Auto Zone, Philip Barkey, Dixie Breading, Bentleg Antiques, Bowers Jewelry, Crossroads Bank, Culver’s, Detroit Street Pizza Hut, Five Star/Jay Soloway and Family, Austin Fryback, Grossnickle Eye Center, Hacienda, Instrumental Machine & Development, JB Furniture, Jeff Kinsey, Jim Jarrett, King’s Keg, Leesburg Liquor, Maple Leaf Farms, McAlister’s, McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Gene Meade, Metzger Auction, Mid-West Spring & Stamping, Monteith Tire, NAPA Goshen, NAPA Milford, Patona Bay, Penguin Point, Ranger Material, Rex’s Rendezvous, Reinholt’s Furniture, Rise & Roll, Ritter’s Frozen Custard, Sons of the American Legion Squadron #49, Service Liquors, Sleepy Owl, John Snyder, Stacey’s Restaurant, Starbuck’s, Stacy Sylvester, TL Jackson, TSC Warsaw, Texas Roadhouse, The Bowling Alley, Two Bear Arms, Ben Walbeser, Walmart, Wings, Etc. and W.R. Hall Insurance Agency and You the Fan.

“In addition, local media services including WRSW, ESPN, WILLIE 103, the Times Union, InkFreeNews and The Paper deserve our thanks for covering the event. We look forward to seeing old friends and new friends, and thank everyone in advance, our past supporters, and new friends, for coming out to support our mission. God bless your support for our primary mission, healing and helping children,” the release states.

Donations for the silent auction are still being accepted and are appreciated for the local children and families served. Donations may be made by calling 574-527-5351 or 574-269-9865.