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Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation sponsors trapshooting competition

Sept. 8, trap shooters from around the Sound will gather in Gig Harbor to compete and raise funds for the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation. Photo credit: PTSDFoundation.org

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Friday, Sept. 8, the Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club will host the second annual Pull for a Soldier trapshooting competition. This fundraiser will benefit the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, "a Gig Harbor-based foundation that raises funds for alternative therapy programs that help veterans and their families find a light through the darkness of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD" (pullforasoldier.org).

The competition, which is the brainchild of Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation member Scott Sabo, is open to shooters ages 18 and older. Teams of five will compete to determine which team hits the most targets.

"Registration is open now and can be found at pullforasoldier.org," said Casey Guthrie, spokesman for the foundation. "The cost is $500 for a team of five, or $150 for an individual.  This price includes participation in the event, the shells, a BBQ lunch, and a ‘goodie' bag for each shooter."

Session One of the competition will begin at 9 a.m. with a safety briefing followed by two hours of shooting. Each shooter will have the opportunity to attempt to hit 25 targets during two rounds of competition. At noon, a BBQ lunch -- including beer for those competing in the first session -- will be provided for all competitors. Lunch will be followed by a safety briefing for Session Two shooters and two more hours of competition. At 3:30, the day concludes with the awards ceremony featuring awards for the top three teams and a special award for "the Best of the Worst."

This year's competition is sponsored by the Seattle Mariners along with Safe Boats International and Labor Works Industrial Staffing Specialists.

"Many more opportunities for sponsors are available, and we have many slots for teams available as well," Guthrie said, "but this event will fill up fast in the next couple of weeks."

Last year, the event hosted 95 participants, many of whom were active-duty and retired military who attended as the guests of companies competing in the event.

Founded in 2011 by Leslie Mayne after the death of her son, U.S. Army Pfc. Kyle Marshall, from PTSD, the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation sponsors multiple fundraising events throughout the year, including the Swing for a Soldier Golf Tournament, the Fall Prayer Breakfast, and its flagship event, the Race for a Soldier Half Marathon. Since its inception, the foundation has provided nearly a quarter of a million dollars in grants to local programs and organizations that are making "life changing differences for our veterans."

Guthrie is thankful for the opportunity he's been given to represent the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation.

"This is my third year of being involved with the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation," he said. "It became clear immediately to me that what ... the foundation was doing was the answer to a question I had always asked myself: ‘How do I fulfill my obligation to those who have already fulfilled theirs?'  The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation gave me the ability to give back ... I would like to personally thank all of our sponsors and the Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club for their commitment to helping our soldiers and their families receive the help they need to live long, fulfilled lives."

For more information about the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, visit PTSDfoundation.org.

Pull for a Soldier, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club, 9721 Burnham Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, $500/five man team, $150/individual, 360.440.1810, pullforasoldier.org

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