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Backpack Buddy kids program gets a shot in the arm from gun-toting supporters: It's shooting for charity

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129 Chris Demillano, from left, Justin Smith and Thad Mills at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
Ya gotta love Texas philanthropy — Chris Demillano, from left, Justin Smith and Thad Mills. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Tom Burke, left, and George Ball at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
Tom Burke, left, and chair George Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
24 Bonner Ball, from left, Virginia Sewell and Anne Thomson at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 201
Bonner Ball, from left, Virginia Sewell and Anne Thomson. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
85 Kurtz Stowers, from left, Skip Zahn, Dave Perez and Frank Smejkal at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
Kurtz Stowers, from left, Skip Zahn, Dave Perez and Frank Smejkal. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
58 Robert Reed, from left, Derryl Cleveland, Peter Goebel and Bo Luzey at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
Robert Reed, from left, Derryl Cleveland, Peter Goebel and Bo Luzey. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
27 Welcome Wilson Jr. and Anita Wilson at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
Welcome Wilson Jr. and Anita Wilson. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
253 Paula McKenzie, from left, Carrie Grzelak, Emma Langley, Brian Greene, Brooke Curtis, Amy Ragan and Jennifer Reeves at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
Paula McKenzie, from left, Carrie Grzelak, Emma Langley, Brian Greene, Brooke Curtis, Amy Ragan and Jennifer Reeves. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
129 Chris Demillano, from left, Justin Smith and Thad Mills at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
8 Tom Burke, left, and George Ball at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
24 Bonner Ball, from left, Virginia Sewell and Anne Thomson at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 201
85 Kurtz Stowers, from left, Skip Zahn, Dave Perez and Frank Smejkal at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
58 Robert Reed, from left, Derryl Cleveland, Peter Goebel and Bo Luzey at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
27 Welcome Wilson Jr. and Anita Wilson at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014
253 Paula McKenzie, from left, Carrie Grzelak, Emma Langley, Brian Greene, Brooke Curtis, Amy Ragan and Jennifer Reeves at the Backpack Buddies sport shooting event September 2014

What: Inaugural sporting clays tournament, dinner and auction benefiting Houston Food Bank's Backpack Buddy program.

Where: Greater Houston Gun Club.

The 411: Texas guys and their guns — they go together like Rory McIlroy and a fairway wood. This would explain why yet another charity has joined the sporting clays (aka golf with a shotgun) fundraising mechanism, a sure-fire draw for the gents and their Remingtons and Purdeys. More than 200, including a few women, turned out for the full day of clay shooting, shooting games, awards ceremony and barbecue dinner.

Chairs George Ball, Sanders Morris Harris CEO, and Tom Burke, The Rowan Companies CEO, were joined by six time All-American shooter and winner of the National Sporting Clays Championship Brad Kidd Jr. for the shoot. By day's end, the event had raised close to $300,000 for the program that provides weekend meals in backpacks for underprivileged children.

It was a day of giving with H-E-B and Scott McClelland providing food and beverages, The Dalmore providing tastings of its collection of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey and Holland and Holland of London proffering its custom wares and clothing.

Great cooks were on the scene with Black's Market Table chef Bart Black and Royer's Round Top Cafe's J.B. Royer and Hunter Smith manning the grills and The Houstonian's GM Jim Mills on hand as his culinary team provided the side dishes.

Who: Using their ear plugs were Anita and Welcome Wilson Jr., Rob Schanen, Bonner Ball, Jennifer Reeves, Joe Davis, Ray Mays, Steve McClellan, Jake Lowe, Robert Benjamin, Jack Bruno, Troy Gateley and Brian Stanley.