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Archery and dinner fundraisers Saturday for Retrieving Freedom in Waverly

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Arrows will likely shatter Saturday, July 6th as part of a fundraiser for Retrieving Freedom in Waverly. Retrieving Freedom is a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs for disabled veterans and children with autism. There are two fundraisers Saturday, specifically for veterans.

Part one of the fundraiser is an archery contest.

"We are shooting steel targets with small holes that have foam in them. So if you're a really good shot, you'll hit the foam. Otherwise we're going to smash a whole bunch of arrows and just have a ton of fun for vets," said Scott Dewey with Retrieving Freedom

The actual contest starts at 9 a.m. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30. It's taking place by the gas station right at the intersection of Highways 3 and 218 near Waverly and Shell Rock. You can just show up to participate for a chance to win a variety of prizes. The cost is $100 with all proceeds going to help train service dogs for veterans.

"These dogs are being trained for these people at no cost to them. So we have to raise the funds, put it back into the dogs, give them dogs and start over," said Dewey.

Matt Hatala is one of the veterans benefiting from working with a service dog.

"It's done great things for me. It's done great things for other people. I fully believe in what he's doing there," said Matt Hatala.

Hatala served in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the Marine Corp. He was the platoon dog handler in Afghanistan and after about a two-year process was able to adopt Chaney, the bomb detection dog he worked with overseas. Hatala recently moved back to Waverly and began working with Retrieving Freedom.

He hopes people turn out to watch archery, and then stay in town for a free-will dinner at 5 p.m. at The Centre in Waverly. That dinner also includes a raffle, an auction and live music.

"Support what we're doing. It's a great program. It's a locally based program," said Hatala.

For more information on Retrieving Freedom, click here.

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