Club plans outdoor activities for Wounded Warriors

Wounded Warrior Project benefits from Dragon Slayers’ effort

CorrespondentNovember 21, 2012 

Fall brings turkey shoots, and those shoots often support a special project. That was the case with a shoot held during October and November in Eastern Wake County.

Shooters turned out for the final night Saturday, braving the cold to support the Dragon Slayers Motorcycle Club’s effort to assist the Wounded Warrior Project.

“We were looking forward it to be some seed money for the project that we’re kicking off and the party that we’re doing in April,” said recently retired Alan Walters, who serves as the Dragon Slayers’ national president after 31 years as a Raleigh firefighter.

The April 27 fundraising party will be a pig-picking with raffles, music, vendors, games, bike competitions and even a burnout contest. Camping will be available.

The money will support creating a place for outdoor retreats for Wounded Warriors. The injured military veterans would be welcomed to cabins on club property off Knightdale Eagle Rock Road outside Wendell. Horseback riding and archery would be part of the weekend getaways from rehabilitation programs.

As they partner with Raleigh-based Firefighters Assisting Armed Forces Families (ffaaff.org), the Dragon Slayers, mostly active and retired firefighters, see their project as filling a need for veterans.

“There’s another camp in South Carolina, and I think that’s the closest to us now. There’s not one in North Carolina,” said Walters, of Raleigh. “We’re raising money so this is absolutely free to them.”

Fundraiser tickets will cost $10. Ticket requests or donations earmarked for the Wounded Warriors Project can be mailed to the Dragon Slayers Motorcycle Club, 6401 Knightdale-Eagle Rock Rd., Wendell, NC 27591. The website is dragonslayersmc.org.

‘Awesome’ fun: Turkey shoots are great ways for kids to be introduced to shooting in controlled conditions, and the Dragon Slayers’ event was no different.

Sabrina Johnson, 9, of Raleigh won a turkey in her first-ever shoot the previous weekend. Saturday, she was back with mother Kelly Johnson, brother Dillon, 8, and Dragon Slayers member Robert Sears. They joined by the Brandon Evans family of Fuquay-Varina.

“It was awesome!” Sabrina said of her shoot-off victory with a kid-friendly .410 bore shotgun. “It was awesome shooting a gun and winning a big fat turkey. (Shooting a gun) felt awesome, and it kicked just a little bit.”

More shoots: The DreamValley Turkey Shoot in Knightdale will be open 7-11 p.m. Saturdays during December at 4005 Dream Valley Dr. The shoot has a Facebook page.

• The Raleigh Moose Lodge turkey shoot will continue at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 15. The address is at 2824 Forestville Rd. Call 919-266-5419 or go to facebook.com/raleighmoose.

• The Gorman Turkey Shoot, run by the Gorman Ruritan Club, will be 7-11 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 14 at 2309 E. Greer St., Durham. Go to http://gormanruritan.com/Turkey-Shoot.php.

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