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Patch Aims to Raise Money for Marines

The Warrior Night marksmanship competition at On-Target shooting range in Laguna Niguel kicked off Friday with a bang.

The Patch news websites in south Orange County and Camp Pendleton Friday teamed up with Socks for Heroes' Marine charity to raise money for the 2nd Batallion, 4th Marines.

The unit is scheduled to come home from their Afghan tour in April.

to help supply Marines in the field and help pay for a welcome home celebration for the 2/4.

As of 5:30 p.m., dozens of shooters were lining up at the front desk of to compete--first prize was a 9mm pistol.

The competition includes firing eight rounds each from a .22, a 9mm and a .45. A perfect score is 240.

Woolfolk scored a 163, while Townsend scored a disappointing 129--suprisingly close to his typical disappointing bowling score.

The men's winner was Staff Sgt. Joe Brooks with a score of 218, and the top woman scorer was Becky Valdez with 202. Brooks went home with a 9mm pistol as first prize and Chris DeRose won a .22 pistol in the raffle.

The event hosted 116 shooters and raised enough cash to send 10,000 fresh pairs of socks to Marines overseas--socks are a simple but vital commodity to men and women who spend days marching in often brutal conditions.

You can donate to Socks for Heroes here.

Matt Davis March 17, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Great cause..! Hopefully there will be another opportunity in the near future for those of us who could not attend.
george gregory March 17, 2012 at 04:29 PM
great fun , filled up so fast i had to leave, a 2.5 hour wait maybe next time
Daniel Woolfolk March 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
yeah, there were a ton of people. Great turn out!
Dagny March 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
So those who win the guns are 'cleared' to own guns, right? Better to have people shooting legally in a range than illegally as a couple of my students at SJHHS in my special ed class disclosed to me. Great thinking!
Derek Reeve March 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Greg who owns On Target does many wonderful charitable events. This is a great one. I just can't get over Adam actually shoots! lol
Adam Townsend March 19, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Ha! Shooting never has been a hobby of mine (as evidenced by my score), but I grew up in the woods and was friends with a lot of hunters. My grandmother and father kept guns in the house--my grandma for hunting and my dad for potential emergencies because we lived so far out in the country. All in all, Warrior Night was a great event.
Adam Townsend March 19, 2012 at 02:53 AM
It's a shame you weren't able to stick around to shoot! You can still support the Marines and Socks for Heroes at the link in the article.
Nancy Wride (Editor) March 19, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Great idea and execution Adam and Dan. Sounds like a blast.

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