The Sixth Annual “Shootin’ for a Miracle” sporting clay shoot took place on Saturday, October 8 at the One in One Hundred Gun Club. This event, hosted by Christus Southeast Foundation, had around 26 teams participating in the competition. Ivy Pate, Regional Vice President of Christus Southeast Texas Health System, said that “The shoot had already gained a reputation among sporting clay enthusiasts as a fun day of competition among participants.”
The Christus Southeast Texas Foundation hosts an annual gala and Pate says they wanted to reach out to diverse people in the community who may not attend the gala. “I feel like we do a really good job. A lot of people from the hospital volunteer,” says Pate.
The clay shoot began with a gun safety talk, and then the teams got on their golf carts to head to the stations where they began shooting the targets. There were 80 targets plus eight more at the Mulligan station to make up for any that participants may have missed. Andra Malone began shooting skeet around ten years ago and then switched to clay. The opportunity to do something outdoors, the social aspect, and stress relief are the reasons Andra says she enjoys this particular sport. Dr. Denny Harris says that shooting a target is cleansing and sometimes you do miss a target, however, getting used to being wrong is good for you. The teams seem to enjoy each other’s company; ribbing each other and giving fist bumps after a good shot.
The money raised from this event goes to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The organization raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals and helps fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, and charitable care. On average, the “Shootin’ for a Miracle” event raises around $25,000 each year.