Bountiful Lions Club members said this past weekend's Lions Turkey Shoot was the most successful in the club's 52-year history.
Wayne King, chairman of the charity shooting event, said his club gave away nearly 1,350 frozen turkeys and $1,700 worth of prizes Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18."Every cent of the money we raised will go to charity, to help the blind and deaf, to boost drug-awareness programs and to build community projects," King said.
More than 9,000 people attended the Lions Turkey Shoot and shot more than 25,000 shotgun shells at clay pigeons thrown from the Lions Club's four traps.
Lions Club president Paul R. Allen said good weather at the east bench Lions Club Range accounted for much of his club's success this year in raising money for charity. "We had one young man shooting in shorts," Allen said.
"We want to thank the thousands of faithful shooters who come back to our turkey shoot year after year. We love them all," he said.
Winners and their prizes include Dale Hartley, Roy, a color television set; Elmer Barlow, Bountiful, a shotgun and two 48-quart coolers; Joshua Thurstan, Layton, a .22-caliber rifle; G. Freestone, Kearns, a travel safe donated by Pro Arms, Murray; and Jennifer Fell, Salt Lake City, snowmobile pass.
Other winners were Sherrie Clayville, Bountiful, backpack; Susan Luvins, Bountiful, propane light; Matt Terry, Bountiful, bow case; Denyse Regennitter, Salt Lake City, fishing rod; Paul B. Allen and Boyd Martin, Bountiful, small coolers; Sonny Gonnuscio, Woods Cross, sleeping bag; Frank Burns, Bountiful, binoculars; Hall Blankenship, Woods Cross, rifle case; and G. Stahle and Zayda Maero, Bountiful, buck knives.
Lady Lions Club members who sold refreshments in the Lions Clubhouse at the range said they had their best year on record, too, and are excited about all the charity programs they can fund during the coming year.