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.