Great Bend churches partner with local college to raise funds

On April 14,  First and Trinity United Methodist churches of Great Bend, Kan., sponsored the First Annual Shoot for No Malaria Free Throw Shootout in Great Bend.  The event was open to shooters of all ages from the whole community.

With the help of the Barton County Community College women’s and men’s basketball teams and members of these two United Methodist congregations, more than $900 was raised for the Imagine No Malaria campaign.

Winners from each age categories from 3rd grade to over 60 were recognized with medals and certificates.

Drew Nicholson in 3/4th-grade boys made 24 out of 25 attempts, but admits that he is used to shooting from the regulation distance and height so the shortened shot made it “easy” for him.

In the young adult category (under 30) Kelly Curtis in the women’s category and Taylor Calcara in the men’s category each made 21 out of 25.

“I’m ok with that,” explained Calcara, “I didn’t play four years of college basketball [like Kelly].”

Rev. Lennie Maxwell, Great Bend First UMC, who only made 10 out of 25 to finish well down in his bracket and out of the medals explained, “At that rate I probably couldn’t make the WSU team but I could give the Bishop a run for the money.”

Terry Turner and Jann Sherman, First UMC, and Karla Essmiller, Trinity UMC, organized the event.  All three agree it was a great success and hope for an even bigger turnout next time around. The organizers want to thank Great Bend High School for the use of the Panther Athletic Center and the Barton County Community College basketball coaches and players for all their help.