The 2nd annual Freedom Shoot will be hosted this Saturday in Manawa at the Manawa Gun Club, located on Northwater Drive.
The event is a fundraiser for the Manawa Area Veterans Freedom Park and committee head John Smith says it’s a great time helping out a great cause.
“It’s a trap shoot at the Manawa Gun Club, and then we go from the Manawa Gun Club to Bear Lake where we have a dinner banquet, as well as raffles and live auctions,” Smith explained of the day’s activities.” It’s a good time. Last year’s Freedom Shoot raised a little over $13,000.”
Much like the Taste of Wisconsin fundraiser held earlier this year, Smith is expecting and hoping for a jump in donations compared to last year’s event, somewhere in the range of $17,000 – $20,000.
He adds that the Freedom shoot is one of many diverse fundraisers that is planned to raise money for the Veterans Freedom Park.
“What we’re trying to do in our fundraising efforts is we’re trying to attract people from other areas too,” said Smith. “We’re trying to have events that are attractive to everybody. We’re not just doing all outdoors things. We do have the fisheree and the Freedom Shoot, but we’ve had the Harlem Ambassadors, and we’ve done the Taste of Wisconsin.”
Smith believes that as the build out of the park gains more popularity throughout not only Manawa, but Waupaca County, people are more willing to donate, as they understand the draw it can bring to the area.
“[We’re going] to include a new shelter house, and handicapped accessible fishing docks and piers,” Smith said of the park’s plans. “A new boat landing is going in. A new splash pad, which is something that no other community, I don’t believe, in Waupaca County has.”
The Freedom shoot begins at 12:00 p.m., noon. Pre-registration was required.