R.E. Garrison holds turkey shoot to raise money for the Stephen K. Griffith Memorial Fund

Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune

Shooters gather Saturday morning to take part in the inaugural R.E. Garrison Turkey Shoot. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN – R.E. Garrison Trucking, through its organization Garrison Gives Hope, hosted the inaugural R.E. Garrison Turkey Shoot Saturday morning, raising money for the Stephen K. Griffith Memorial Fund, which benefits the Cullman Area Mental Health Foundation and more worthy causes. Twelve local businesses sponsored the event.

Maegan Tucker, member of Garrison Gives Hope and director of customer service at R.E. Garrison, shared, “As a small committee, this is our opportunity to help a good cause that we take pride in.”

Tucker also briefly spoke of Stephen K. Griffith, family to the owners of R.E. Garrison, who was killed last year by an assailant suffering from mental illness, “Stephen was a respectful member and meant a lot to us.”

R.E. Garrison Vice President of Trucker Relations, Shawn Nelson, said the turkey shoot was a great way to raise funds, sharing, “People wanted to raise money this way.”

The prizes for the shoot included hams, turkeys, Boston butts, an Orca cooler (with a handmade cleaning rod for guns), a 50-inch Samsung TV (also with a handmade cleaning rod) and a Big Green Egg for the grand prize. Shots for the cooler were $20, for the TV were $30 and for the Big Green Egg were $50.

The winners of the three big prizes were Tom Pappas, who won the cooler (with a lucky bullseye) and TV, and Tony Mallard, who took home the Big Green Egg.

There were also money shots available. The winner from each pool took home half of the money, with the remainder donated to the fund.  

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