‘Clays for Children’ Event Raises $42,000 for Area Children’s Centers

Jacksboro, TN (2018-10-22) The Third Annual ‘Clays for Children’ Sporting Clays Tournament held recently in Maryville raised $42,000 for the children’s centers of the 8th Judicial District.  The tournament was hosted by the local District Attorney General’s Office.

(L-R) Tracie Davis, Executive Director of Campbell County Children’s Center; Kellie Walker, Executive Director of the Children’s Center of the Cumberlands; and General Jared Effler of the 8th Judicial District.

On Friday, September 28, the 8th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office hosted the Third Annual ‘Clays for Children’ Sporting Clays Tournament at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville to raise money to support the children’s centers of the 8th Judicial District.  This year’s event featured 66 teams and 264 individual shooters, up from 55 teams last year.  According to the venue, the Clays for Children event has grown into one of the area’s largest benefits shoots hosted by the club.

“The Children’s Centers are an integral part of the work we do in prosecuting child abuse cases,” said General Jared Effler.  The children’s centers of the 8th Judicial District serve literally hundreds of children each year, and work closely with local law enforcement and the District Attorney Generals’ Office.  They assist with medical examinations, forensic interviews, counseling and therapy.  The services they provide help to ensure justice is served upon the perpetrator of crimes against children and help victims through their counseling services.

Effler developed the idea of a sporting clays tournament three years ago in an effort to find a unique fundraising opportunity that could bring people together from across the district and benefit the children’s centers.

“The event has grown exponentially since our inaugural tournament and I am still amazed and humbled by the continued support we receive from private individuals, law enforcement, local businesses and corporations for this great event,” Effler said.

The tournament netted $42,000.00 to support the children’s centers of the 8th Judicial District, which is comprised of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott, and Union counties.

“Everyone involved had a great time for an even greater cause,” Effler concluded.