Archery club raises funds for Salvation Army

Emily Griffin is reporting from Rutland Hollow Road to take a look at the Bear Pac archery course and learn about their upcoming fundraiser for the Watertown Salvation Army.

RUTLAND, N.Y. (WWNY) — Back in the woods, through the trees and shrubbery, Bear Pac archers aim for rams, buffaloes and 40 other unusual targets.

“We’re also incorporating a t-rex, an alligator, a mosquito, a 400-pound wild boar,” club president Isaac Thomas said. “There are a variety of different targets to shoot at, which keeps things interesting.”

Now the club has a new goal in sight: charity work.

On June 25 and 26, the Bear Pac Archery Club is hosting the Salvation Army for a fundraiser for programs that will help the church,” said Salvation Army Representative Lisa Stafford. “It’s good to do something to involve other people in the community. They can help and they can have fun doing it.

The sports club was struggling until recently…

“We were going to disband our club, donate our stash to the community, but we thought we would give it one more chance and turn things around because there are no other clubs with activities like this- ci in the area,” said Thomas.

Memberships have recently doubled and club leaders are hoping to give back to the community with this fundraiser to bring even more attention to the Bear Pac.

The fundraiser is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Registration starts at 8 a.m.

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Earnest A. Martinez