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Fundraiser for Children’s of Alabama successful

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

W.H. Thomas Oil recently sponsored its annual clay shoot fundraiser to benefit Children’s of Alabama.

Kathy Chesser, marketing manager, said the event raised $23,900 with every clay shooting stand filled with four participants to a stand.

The event was held at Orvis Shooting Grounds at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga.

In addition to the clay shoot, attendees bid on items in a silent auction.

Chesser said there was an increase in the number of donors for auction items this year, and she expects the event to continue to grow.

All proceeds go to help Children’s of Alabama continue serving the medical needs of children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

Children’s has a special place in the heart of Thomas Oil owners because one of the Thomas children received live-saving care at Children’s of Alabama.

“Because of the care he received, he is doing great to this day,” Chesser said.

Chesser had been looking for a fundraising event for the company to sponsor and thought Children’s of Alabama would be a good organization to raise money for because of the family connection.

“We appreciate the generosity of all sponsorships and donors,” Chesser said.

Thomas Oil was founded by William H. Thomas in 1956. Today, the company is still family-owned and run by Bill and Howard Thomas.