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Lowcountry Annie Oakleys raise money for Children's Hospital

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The Lowcountry Annie Oakleys are setting their sights on helping sick kids.

The ladies set up a Charity Clays Shot Tournament, to raise money to help fund the new building for the Children's Hospital at Memorial Health in Savannah.

Their slogan is "Girls with guns have more fun", but these women of the Lowcountry Annie Oakelys are also on a serious mission.

"While we have a great time shooting and we want to promote the sport of shooting for women, we also want to contribute back into the community and we feel like that's one of our main goals too. And what better thing than the Children's Hospital," said Nancy Thomas, Lowcountry Annie Oakleys.

Now the Children's Hospital at Memorial Health is essentially a hospital within a hospital. But soon, children will have their own place, a stand-alone building.

"We want a stand-alone hospital so that we can treat the 70,000 children that come through like last year," said Cynthia Willett, Lowcountry Annie Oakleys.

This new hospital won't just serve Savannah.

"It covers 35 counties that go from the Georgia/Florida line, to Macon, all the way to Hilton Head," said Thomas.

The Children's Hospital will be moving into what is currently a rehab institute. Staff at Memorial Health said kids are getting excellent care at their facility now, but it is important for children to have a separate building.

"Children are sharing the same emergency room as adults,” said Janet Kolbush, Special Events and Fundraising Manager, Memorial Health. “So these children who are coming into the emergency room are seeing gunshot wounds and other patients that they don't need to be seeing.”

Kolbush said the benefits don't stop there.

“A stand-alone hospital will enable more special physicians to come into the community and just provide more services to children including a pediatric emergency room," said Kolbush.

The Lowcountry Annie Oakleys understand this need and are hosting a Charity Clays Shot Tournament to raise money for the new building.

"Our goal is to buy as many rooms as we can," said Thomas.

They said the cost to sponsor one patient room is $25,000. Money, they said, well spent.

"Hopefully you'll never have to use it but if you do, it will be a blessing," said Willett.

The Lowcountry Annie Oakleys Charity Clays Benefiting the Children's Hospital of Savannah is Friday, Sept. 25 at Forest City Gun Club.  Registration is at 1:00 p.m., the shotgun start is at 2:00 p.m., and there's a reception with live entertainment and raffles from 5:00p.m.-7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the Lowcountry Annie Oakleys website.

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