Renowned call-maker and turkey calling world champion Preston Pittman will highlight the second Scott Sportsman’s Showcase, presented by C.A.S.A., at the Boys & Girls Club of Scott County Saturday evening.
The event is slated to begin at 5 p.m. and tickets are currently on sale for $25. Youth tickets, for ages 16 and under are $10. Tickets can be purchased by calling 663-8943.
The 60-year-old Pittman is considered by many the world’s best turkey caller, and he has the trophies to back it up. Winning his first turkey calling championship at the age of 16, Pittman has gone on to become a seven-time national champion turkey caller, and is the only person to hold five different world titles.
As a noted turkey hunter, Pittman was also the first person to document a Double Grand Slam, harvesting two turkeys of each of the four major sub-species of the American wild turkey in a single year. He is a member of pro staffs for Muzzy, Delta and Scent Lok.
Saturday’s event will feature a catered meal, auction, door prizes and more. Chances are currently being sold, at $10 each, for a 2014 Polaris Sportsman 400 ATV, which will be raffled at the event.
The showcase serves as C.A.S.A.’s premier fundraiser in Scott County.
As an organization that advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system, C.A.S.A. provides quality representation on a shoestring budget.
“If we paid our volunteers for their services in Anderson, Blount and Scott counties, it would easily rise to the cost of more than $1 million,” said Christy Harness, C.A.S.A.’s coordinator in Scott County. “However, we strive to keep our budget as low as possible yet provide the highest quality advocates around. In order to do so we must have the support of our community.”
Harness said that between 50 percent and 60 percent of C.A.S.A.’s overall budget is comprised of individual donations and fundraising.
“Our communities and our people are helping us provide a voice of hope to the most vulnerable children in our society,” Harness said.
Currently, there are more than 40 children on a waiting list for representation through C.A.S.A.’s office in Scott County.
“It is a list that, in my opinion, should not exist, but it does because of the lack of volunteer advocates,” Harness said. “Fundraising monies allow us to promote the agency and the overwhelming need.
“No child deserves to be abused and neglected; there is no excuse,” Harness added. “But then to get in court and have to be placed on a waiting list is, in my mind, unacceptable.”
Harness said that surprises are in store for the Saturday evening event at the Boys & Girls Club.