The Candler Clays Charity Shoot & Auction

The 15th Annual Candler Clays Charity Shoot and Auction shattered last year's record and raised more than $161,000 for Advancements in Cancer Care in the Savannah region.

Candler Clays 2017

L to R- Thomas Odom, Candler Clays Committee Chair; Dr. Zaren, M.D. FACS, Medical Director, Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion; Sharon Weeks, Event Honoree; Walter Murphy, Vice President at JE Dunn Construction; Vernice Rackett, Executive Director of SJ/C Foundations; and Ryan Price, Vice President/Division Manager at JE Dunn Construction

The event has raised more than $1 million since its inception, benefitting the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler. 

“It was inspiring to see the Savannah business community come out and support Candler Clays,” said Thomas Odom, chair of the 2017 Candler Clays Committee. “This money will help make Advancements in Cancer Care at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion and improve patients’ lives.” 

“All credit and thanks go to our excellent sponsors, participants and the incredible committee and the SJ/C Foundations staff for helping us cross the $1 million threshold,” he said.

Candler Clays is an annual two-day event combining a charity auction of items donated by local merchants and a clay shooting competition at the Forest City Gun Club. This year 300 shooters on 75 teams competed. J.E. Dunn Construction was the presenting sponsor. Shooters and guests came from all over the region, including Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida.

The previous high fundraising mark was $152,000 in 2016.

Each year the event honors a cancer survivor or memorializes someone who died of cancer. This year’s honoree was Sharon Weeks, who was a patient at the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion. She was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer in 2012 and immediately began gathering information about the disease. While successfully going through treatment she realized the importance of advocating for your own health, especially when it comes to gynecologic cancer.  Read more about her story below. 

Please enjoy photos from this year's event:

Presented by:

Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Reception Sponsor

Bar Sponsor

Auction Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Prize Sponsor

Raffle Sponsor

Pin Sponsor

Ammunition Sponsor

Tent Sponsor

Golf Cart Sponsor

Refreshment Sponsor

Score Card Sponsor

Safety Sponsor

T-Shirt Sponsor


This year's honoree: Ovarian Cancer Survivor Sharon Weeks

This year’s Candler Clays Charity Shoot & Auction honoree is ovarian cancer survivor, Sharon Weeks.

Sharon was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on Jan. 16, 2012. A PET scan revealed it was Stage IV cancer and had metastasized in her liver despite an earlier diagnosis that declared the cancer was caught early. With the help of Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion physician’s Dr. George Negrea, oncologist, and Dr. William Edward Richards, GYN/Oncologist, Sharon established a plan and “never looked back.”

“I immediately began researching, gathering and compiling as much information as possible about this disease,” Sharon said. 

She continued her relentless pursuit of being her own advocate.

Sharon went through 21 chemotherapy treatments and countless setbacks before emerging victorious. After a recent reoccurrence in her liver, she is once again in complete remission.

Being honored at the Candler Clays Charity Shoot & Auction is another venue in which Sharon can share her message with women to be diligent about their health. She encourages women to enlist the services of a trusted institution such as the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph's/Candler should you receive a cancer diagnosis.

“Most importantly, and I can’t stress this enough, be your own health advocate,” says Sharon.

Sharon is married to Steve E. Weeks of Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors. Her hobbies include hunting, shooting sporting clays, gardening and living life to the fullest.

The 15th annual Candler Clays Charity Shoot & Auction, benefiting Advancements in Cancer Care, is Feb. 24-25, 2017.


2017 Candler Clays Committee

Thomas Odom, Committee Chair

Anne Bone, Committee Vice-Chair

Thornton Barrow

Dale Bouchillon

Jodi Clark

Patrick Hinchey

Ed Hissam

Susan Palmer

Dennis Reed

 Katy Schubert

Ryan Sewell

Gregory G. Sewell

Heather  Garber Smith

Jeremy Summerell

Sue Wooley


Good Times at Candler Clays

2017 Photo Galleries

2017 Candler Clays Auction and Reception
2017 Candler Clays Charity Shoot

2016 Photo Gallery

Candler Clays Charity Shoot and Auction

2015 Photo Galleries

Auction gallery I
Auction gallery II
Shoot gallery I
Shoot gallery II



FUND-A-NEED: To ensure supportive oncology services covering basic human needs, holistic services, and complete access to care are continuously available for cancer patients at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler.

St. Joseph’s/Candler offers world class medicine as the beginning of a patient’s journey to wellness and recovery. Along this path, a multi-disciplinary team of experts augment the clinical care to enhance the overall patient experience. This past year, the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion treated over 1,800 new cancer patients.  As part of the holistic approach to care, the LCRP provides a supportive oncology services program that helps patients cope with the diagnosis of cancer. Providing our cancer patients with these supportive oncology services allows them to have access to life changing and healing support, which are not underwritten by insurance payments or other forms of funding.

A cancer diagnosis creates a catastrophic impact on patients’ financial circumstances, regardless of income. There are many things that are taken for granted day to day, but often become unattainable once diagnosed with cancer. When patients travel from our 33 county region for their care, we are able to assist with transportation and lodging needs. The fulfillment of basic human needs and access to care through our supportive oncology services ensures our patients are focused on their path to wellness, rather than other struggles and stressors that accompany a cancer patient’s journey. 

  • Nurse Navigation Services guide patients through the journey along a path filled with complex treatment regimens.
  • Pastoral Care is available when patients need someone to discuss their own mortality and spirituality.
  • Nutritional and Dietary Counseling help patients maintain their weight; manage nausea and loss of appetite while going through treatment.
  • Psychosocial Counseling is available for patients and their families to address emotional, social, and mental needs.
  • We are able to assist with patients getting proper fitting wigs, scarves, and other garments that are required post treatment.

These are just a few examples of the many supportive oncology services available as part of our mission to provide patients with what is needed, when they need it most---supporting them through to recovery--- to the new normal in their lives after a devastating diagnosis.

Thank you for helping us reach our goal to raise $20,000 to allow cancer patients in our community life changing and healing supportive oncology services.


Contact Us for More Information

For more information about giving opportunities for the St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations, please call Stephanie Absmeier at 912-819-8693 or email her at We look forward to talking with you. Thank you for your interest in supporting us so that we can ensure that our community continues to have access to the very best healthcare services, technology and programs available.

If you’d simply like our mailing address, please send any written communications or designated contributions to:

St. Joseph's/Candler Foundations
Heart & Lung Building
5356 Reynolds Street, Suite 400
Savannah, GA 31405

  • St. Joseph's Hospital Campus: 11705 Mercy Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419, (p) 912-819-4100
  • Candler Hospital Campus: 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, GA 31405, (p) 912-819-6000
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St.Joseph's Hospital Campus: 912-819-4100

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