The Raleigh Jaycees is an organization dedicated to leadership development through community service. This 230-member, all-volunteer civic organization runs more than 100 community service and leadership development projects each year. The Raleigh Jaycees are an affiliate organization of the N.C. Junior Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, and Junior Chamber International. Membership in the Jaycees is open to anyone between 21 and 40 years of age.Each year we run nearly 100 projects to benefit the local community and many of its charities such as the NC Jaycee Burn Center at UNC and the Duke Cancer Center. Our community projects include: The Goodfellows project, run annually by the Raleigh Jaycees since 1934, provides Christmas to over 100 underprivileged children including a $125 per child shopping spree for much needed winter clothing. Other community projects include fundraising for the NC Jaycee Burn Center, the Duke Cancer Outpatient Treatment Facility, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and many other charities. Service projects include support for the Food Bank, Adopt-a-Highway, Habitat for Humanity, Blood Drives, and coordinating a cub scout troop at a low income housing community in downtown Raleigh. Aside from organizing service projects, members develop skills by participating in leadership seminars about topics such as project management, finance, resume-writing, networking, and public speaking. Three primary events are undertaken annually to raise funds for all of the chapter’s community development and leadership activities. These are the Turkey Shoot, the Haunted House, and the Brookhill Steeplechase.

History on the Turkey Shoot

Since 1952 we have offered a safe and fun environment for the general public to experience shooting at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. The event began as a fundraiser to raise money to build the Jaycee City Park in Raleigh, NC. Over the last 54 years, the population of the Raleigh area has tripled and the state fair has grown with it. One thing that has remained the same since we opened is the community’s love of the Turkey Shoot. We are the only event at the state fair that allows participants to fire real guns. The Turkey Shoot is the longest running game at the North Carolina State Fair and is easily one of the most popular. At our peak times, fair attendees will wait in line watching the other shooters for 30-45 minutes for the opportunity to shoot a 20-gauge shotgun and the chance to win a turkey or a T-Shirt. Our Turkey Shoot consists of 12 participants shooting 20-gauge shotguns at targets. The closest pellet to the cross hairs wins a frozen turkey or a Turkey Shoot T-Shirt. Our participants are 12 years old and older and have varying levels of experience with firearms. All participants listen to our safety speech and instructions. We offer one-on-one assistance to anyone who requests it. We have first time shooters nearly every round and their first experience is in a safe and fun environment as they shoot against their friends and family.

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