In spite of the freezing rain and sleet on Friday, 24 January, hundreds of shooters, donors, sponsors, and supporters participated in the 2014 Tactical Firearms Operation Lock-N-Load Sporting Clays Tournament, the premier sporting clays event at Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve to benefit the Texas Sentinels Foundation.
On Saturday, the crowds more than doubled, helping the Texas Sentinels Foundation raise of more than $80,000 which will be used to build new homes for post 9/11 wounded warriors throughout the state of Texas.
The Texas Sentinels Foundation hosted more than 80 wounded warriors at the two-day tournament, including past and present TSF home recipients. Corby Callaway, Chairman of Operation Lock and Load Sporting Clays Tournament declared the event a huge success not just from the monies that were raised to build new homes but from the positive feedback he received from the shooters and especially the wounded warriors that look forward to attending the event each year.
The RE/MAX Skydiving Team joined the ranks of many who highlighted the 2 day event. The Commemorative Air Force air show featured a mock military surface-to-air battle and Beretta’s own Travis Mears shooting demonstration (including breaking the World Record for most sporting clays shot in under one minute) which held spectators in awe with their visual impressions.
“We’re constantly amazed at the generosity and camaraderie of all who support The Texas Sentinels Foundation and Operation Lock and Load,” said Jeanne Filip, TSF Co-Founder. “We are honored to play a part in taking care of our wounded warriors and military servicemembers who’ve given so much to our country. We’d like to express our deepest thanks to all the volunteers, shooters, donors and sponsors who made the 2014 OLNL tournament a great success.”
Those present also enjoyed a wild game buffet prepared by Chef Ara; a bountiful BBQ buffet provided by JBarS Foods, Pitts & Spitts Ultimate BBQ Team and Steel Horse Cookers; live music by the Southern Freedom Band; the Fallen Heroes Wall by Texas Rolling Thunder and the Patriot Guard Riders; a military static display of weapons and vehicles by Foshee’s Rocking F Ranch; and many other experiences, unique to this once-a-year event.
“It is because of your support and dedication to the Texas Sentinels Foundation that we are able to make a positive impact on the lives of many Texas based wounded warriors by providing them debt-free, mortgage-free, ADA compliant homes,” echoed Richard Filip, Co-Founder.
To learn more about the Texas Sentinels Foundation mission, upcoming home presentations, volunteer opportunities or to contribute please visit www.texassentinels.org and the Texas Sentinels Facebook page.