Victory Village Fundraiser

One of the more interesting aspects of covering the Old Corner Saloon’s annual Charity Shoot Out Fundraiser is cobbler. Yes folks, cobbler. If you are an event organizer, a volunteer, or just discussing this upcoming fundraiser to benefit Victory Village Veterans Center in Jackson, the unifying factor of all discussions to those planning and those who have participated in the past comes down to the dessert that will be served at the barbecue following the Charity Shoot Out – cobbler. But we’ll come back to that.

“For the last five years, we’ve had golf tournaments or a clay shoot to benefit Veterans charities,” said Todd Anderson, owner of the Old Corner Saloon, located at 18783 Highway 88, Clements. “We found that trap shoots brought in the same number of people, were more family friendly and generated more money for the Veterans and the charities we want to serve.”

The Old Corner Saloon and the Central Valley Men’s Club have enjoyed a long partnership for their annual outing, this year a clay shoot at Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve, 2951 Curran Road, Ione, on Saturday, September 21.

“Last year we raised $15,000 for Victory Village in Jackson,” said Anderson. “We’ve given to several charities and organizations supporting Wounded Warriors over the years. We make sure we donate where the money will be used the best and help the most. Victory Village is a great organization and we are hopeful folks will come out to our charity shoot out, the barbecue and raffle to support Veterans.”

Registration for the 2019 Charity Shoot Out begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, with the competition beginning at 9 a.m. at Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve.

“This is an amateur shoot, or better said, a fun shoot,” said Anderson. “We don’t give trophies or take salaries to run the fundraiser. It’s all for the Veterans and the charities. Although, rumor has it Aeriel Skinner may be on hand to assist with your score as a ringer. Ranked No. 2 in the world, that could come in handy.”

Funds are raised three ways. Two classic rifles are being raffled off. The first, a Henry Lever 410 Shotgun HO 18-410 2.5/24.” The second, a Savage Arms Rifle/Scope AXIS 19245 XP .243 WIN 22” Camo. Each rifle is raffled separately at $10 per ticket or $20 for three tickets. Tickets are available at the Old Corner Saloon and on the day of the Charity Shoot Out.

The second way money is raised is the shoot that goes with it. Last year 58 shooters participated, but there is room for more.

The third income source are the sponsors who support with donations, booths at the range and items that are raffled off.

“Sponsors donate leading up to the Charity Shoot Out, so we provide each shooter with a goody bag,” said Anderson. “This year we have some amazing raffle prizes. A one of a kind silver artwork, two incredible camp quilts and a whole lot more. The volunteers have really gone above and beyond, so the raffle is going to be amazing.”

Rifle winners are randomly picked at the Charity Shoot Out luncheon. If not present, the winner is called and arrangements made to transfer through a licensed state agent.

The shoot itself is 100 birds from 20 stands. Competitive shooters, occasional hunters, and beginners are welcomed.

“All you need is to be gun safe, bring your gun and 100 rounds, contribute the entry fee and we’ll take care of the rest,” said Anderson. “We have a safety briefing before the shoot.”

Each shooter is scored at each station. Recognition is given to both individual and five member teams, with those winners receiving a ribbon, on stage recognition at the barbecue and bragging rights.

“If we get enough women’s teams, we may have a women’s division,” said Anderson. “Or a men’s team versus women’s team shoot off. It’s really about having fun.”

The $100 tournament entry fee covers the shoot, a goody bag, the barbecue from Chef Bob and a band later in the evening. It’s a family-friendly event where there is room for the kids to play, a restaurant and bar on site. Cost for the post-shoot barbecue, prize party and live music is $25 per person. You can register for the shoot at the Old Corner Saloon or online at theoldcornersaloon.com. For more information contact Jennifer at (916) 715-6013, Joann (209) 327-2731 or Debbie at (209) 481-1356.

The Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve is a state of the art facility, full restaurant, bar, gift shop and a wonderful place for events. While The Old Corner Saloon touts itself as “The Finest drinking establishment in the West,” it seems the Skinner’s, owners and operators of Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve, have been keeping a secret. As mentioned at the start of this article, the subject of dessert – specifically, cobbler – came up in interviews. And when I say came up, I mean in almost every interview.

Having not yet tasted the famed cobbler, no less than 12 different people I interviewed, and closer to 20, brought up the subject of dessert, specifically the cobbler, at Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve. Not being one to shy away from controversy, or ignore the story within the story, I have confirmed there will indeed be cobbler served at the barbecue on Saturday, September 21 (starts around 12:30 p.m.). I’ll get to the bottom of the cobbler, of that I can assure you. Better yet, come see for yourself, have some fun – some cobbler – and join in a fundraiser for Veterans that is right on target.