MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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April 27, 2014

Event takes aim to fight abuse

Firearms raffle draws crowd to help WISH

For Muskogee Police Officer Deshayn Wilson, it’s about using what you know to give back to the community.

“If I were a golfer, I’d have a golf tournament,” Wilson said.

Wilson is the co-owner of SBR Tactical Group, LLC, who sponsored the third annual Take A Shot At Ending Abuse benefiting Women In Safe Homes (WISH).

“We are using what we know to help,” Wilson said.

The event took place south of Muskogee at 3009 S. 45th St. E. Wilson said he has been working on the event for about six months.

Money was raised by selling raffle tickets for various firearms and making purchases at different vendors.

“One hundred percent of our sales go to WISH,” Wilson said.

Evelyn Hibbs, the director of WISH, said the event is the organizations biggest money benefit.

“This is our top fundraiser,” Hibbs said. “It’s about gun safety.”  

Muskogee County EMS, police department, and Air-Evac were there to demonstrate their equipment. Hibbs said the event grows each year.

“It started out as a family friendly event and it gets bigger and bigger.”

In the midst of guns shooting, children laughing, and a helicopter buzzing, the Muskogee community came together to benefit women in need.  

Their were several shooting ranges including one with an AR-10 and a BB gun range. A laser tag battlefield was set up for groups competing in BTactical Laser Tag games.

Muskogee County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Sheila Dause was on hand to take fingerprints and DNA samples from children to have put them on file.

Several inflatables were set up for children to crawl and play on while fairy tale characters from Ever After Productions presented live entertainment.

Recoil Ruby, an Internet celebrity and firearms specialist from Tulsa was there with a tactical girl calendar model, Vanessa Swainston. They were taking five dollar donations for the calendars and giving all the proceeds to WISH.

Hibbs said more than 30 volunteers helped to make the event a success.

“They donate their time to help us,” she said.

All the guns and raffle items were donated by local businesses.

“It’s really been a great event,” Hibbs said.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

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