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KTW gobbles up top prize in Turkey Toss

Proving it has the best newspaper-tossing arm in the city, the Kamloops This Week team took first place in the second annual Kamloops Turkey Toss on Dec. 10.

Kamloops This Week gobbled up the competition at the Mustard Seed’s second annual Turkey Toss fundraiser, held on Dec. 10 at the Kamloops Alliance Church.

This year’s event was presented by Save-On-Foods, 98.3 CIFM and the BC Turkey Farmers, with 14 teams battling on behalf of their respective organizations.

Teams of three each threw fake turkeys across the room at multiple targets with various point values in an attempt to set the highest score and capture the coveted Turkey Toss Trophy.

KTW’s intrepid team of operations manager Tim Shoults, digital sales manager Chris Wilson and reporter Michael Potestio, dubbed the “Turkie Typos,” sniped their way to a 120-point score that stood the test of time.

After shooting fourth, bird after bouncing bird from every other team failed to top the newspaper’s tally.

KTW’s first place finish came with “gold” medals, while the 98.3 CIFM Butterballs and Kelson Group Turkey Basters took home silver and bronze, respectively, following a sudden death, single throw tiebreaker between them as each posted 115 points in regulation.

Funds raised from the event, following a six-day donation drive from Dec. 4 to Dec. 9 at all four Kamloops Save-On-Foods locations, will support Mustard Seed programs.

Save-On-Foods shoppers had the opportunity to add a donation to their grocery bill, with each donation matched by Save-On-Foods and the BC Turkey Farmers, up to $4,000.

Campaign organizers are still waiting on the final number of donations. “The holiday season is a very busy and challenging time for our clients and staff,” Mustard Seed managing director Kelly Thomson said.

“Funds raised from the Turkey Toss will help provide our homeless community with the services they need to get them through the holiday season and beyond.”

For those wishing to donate turkeys for The Mustard Seed Kamloops’ Christmas dinner, the birds can be dropped off daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Mustard Seed’s outreach centre, downtown at 181 Victoria St. W., before Dec. 17.