Texas Sentinels Foundation

Tactical Firearms Operation Lock-n-Load Was A Great Success

Tactical Firearms Lock-n-Load May 3 & 4

Builds Homes, Provides Life Scholarships for Wounded Warriors

They came and they shot (see list of winners here– for full results, visit iclays.com); and while doing, raised $40,000 (preliminary figure) for the Texas Sentinels Foundation’s mission to unite local communities in providing adequate housing, counseling, financial stewardship, and lasting mentorship to injured veterans.

“Contributions are still rolling in, and these funds will provide enormous assistance towards helping as many Wounded Warriors as we can reach,” noted Texas Sentinels Foundation Executive Officer Susie Barlow. “Our program is gaining a terrific momentum, and the eagerness to help these deserving men and women is contagious; more and more community members are climbing aboard and joining our effort every day.”

If the frequent bursts of sporting gunfire wasn’t enough to get one’s heart pumping, the tournament backdrop featured fabulously restored heavy military vehicles from Mr. Foshee, many mounted with .50 caliber anti-aircraft cannon machine guns, which fired a deafening barrage of dummy rounds at W.W.II-era craft. These beautiful aircraft flew over the Preserve’s Pavilion from the nearby West Houston Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force.

If the frequent bursts of sporting gunfire wasn’t enough to get one’s heart pumping, the tournament backdrop featured fabulously restored heavy military vehicles from Mr. Foshee, many mounted with .50 caliber anti-aircraft cannon machine guns, which fired a deafening barrage of dummy rounds at W.W.II-era craft. These beautiful aircraft flew over the Preserve’s Pavilion from the nearby West Houston Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force.

A picture-perfect setting and venue, the incomparable Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve near Simonton (west of Houston) is a gorgeously maintained 1,600-acre forest catering largely to outdoor, corporate fundraisers.

On Friday May 3 & Saturday May 4, Operation Lock-n-Load held it’s 2nd annual sporting clays tournament benefiting the Texas Sentinels Foundation, with lead sponsor Tactical Firearms heading up a great group of civic-minded businesses in conducting this essential grass-roots effort for deserving members of our Military.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for making this event an unqualified success,” exclaimed Barlow, a retired career Army Intelligence Officer. “The news just kept getting better all weekend, first with Tactical Firearms committing to sponsor all future Lock-n-Load events, and on Saturday the Katy Masonic Lodge announced donations totaling an additional $7,000. Our tournament director Corby Callaway coordinated so many volunteers who worked tirelessly towards this effort, and it’s a testament to the appreciation our community feels towards our men and women in uniform.”

Texas Sentinels Foundation co-founders Richard & Jeanne Filip shared their gratitude to the volunteers, corporate underwriters, donors and enthusiastic competitors for their parts in making the event possible.  And speaking for everyone, gave thanks for the service of men, women and families who bear the sacrifice of service in battle while protecting the freedoms so commonly taken for granted.

Three skydivers dropped in: one trailing a barn-sized Texas flag, another sported the Stars & Stripes the same dimension and finally a lone-ranger with red, white, and blue streamers. They all landed adjacent to the tournament pavilion just as the National Anthem was concluding.

Three skydivers dropped in: one trailing a barn-sized Texas flag, another sported the Stars & Stripes the same dimension and finally a lone-ranger with red, white, and blue streamers. They all landed adjacent to the tournament pavilion just as the National Anthem was concluding.

The legendary RE/MAX Skydiving Team presented the Texas and American flags prior to Saturday’s 2nd flight shoot as Sergeant First Class Richard Rudd, U.S. Army, crooned the National Anthem. In a thrilling 120 mph freefall above the grounds before deploying their chutes at 1,500 feet, the parachutes with the giant RE/MAX logo provide the most thrilling and visually stimulating beginning to any large-gathering outdoor event.

Between flights throughout Friday and Saturday, shooters bid on exotic firearms via the purchase of squares on a 100-count grid.  Winners took home a Glock 17 G4, 25th anniversary 9mm; a Walther PK380;  a Beretta Ultralight DLX 12/28;  a Benelli M3 Tactical 12/19, a Daniel Defense M4, and many other exotic sporting and tactical firearms.

Everyone’s favorite marksman Travis Mears, shooting for Beretta, conducted one of his world-famous shooting demonstrations that left the crowd jaw-slacked. He made “salsa” from various vegetables and left vapor remnants from his various whole fruits. He shot from between his legs, from-the-hip and even hanging upside down.

Through April of 2013, the Texas Sentinels Foundation has already distributed grants and services totaling over $360,000.

In 2012, the nonprofit foundation disbursed over $1.6 million dollars to deserving Military recipients, with merely three percent funding operational/administrative expenses.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation will be conducting the formal presentation of a newly furnished ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant home to Marine Corporal Jessie Medina and his family in Spring, Texas on Friday, May 17 at 11:00am. This home was donated in conjunction with Bank of America’s Community Redevelopment Program.

Texas Sentinels Foundation co-founders Richard & Jeanne Filip expressed their thanks to members of the 1st Calvary who were present, for their sacrifice of service in battle while protecting the freedoms so often taken for granted.

Texas Sentinels Foundation co-founders Richard & Jeanne Filip expressed their thanks to members of the 1st Calvary who were present, for their sacrifice of service in battle while protecting the freedoms so often taken for granted.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation, founded by former longtime RE/MAX of Texas Regional Owners Richard & Jeanne Filip, has built mortgage-free homes across the state for Wounded Warriors of post 911 overseas conflicts. Spearheaded by a RE/MAX agent or office that galvanizes their community and industry sphere of influence to generate a grass-roots effort, these initiatives have successfully helped military families establish roots and a path to a bright future with the foundation’s several levels of life scholarship.

Visit or donate at texassentinels.org.

 

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The Texas Sentinels Foundation’s Mission is to: 1) Provide adequate housing to injured veterans. 2) Unite local community to serve veterans’ needs. 3) Provide counseling and financial stewardship and 4) Provide lasting mentorship.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation is led by its Executive Officer, Susan Barlow, who reports to the Texas Sentinels Foundation Board of Directors consisting of Richard Filip, Jeanne Filip, Charles El-Moussa and Brian Parker.

Barlow is a Gulf War combat veteran who has also served in Iraq, Southwest Asia, Europe and various stateside assignments. Before accepting the position of Executive Officer for the Texas Sentinels Foundation, Barlow served as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army for more than 25 years and is a retired and highly decorated Lieutenant Colonel.

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