The Friendswood ISD Education Foundation (FEF) hosted its annual Sporting Clays Tournament on Friday, Oct. 8 at the Greater Houston Gun Club. The Foundation welcomed over 215 guests for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and friendly competition that raised over $85,000.
With 52 teams entered, the size of the event grew approximately 50% over the previous year and the Foundation recruited more sponsors and underwriters than ever before.
“Once again the Friendswood community came together in a mighty way,” Event Chair and FEF Director Brad Freyer said. “This not only resulted in an amazing event, but allowed us to achieve record-breaking success that will help further FEF’s mission.”
FEF attributes the growth of the event to several areas including collaborating with longtime Title Sponsor Texan Bank to bring on a Co-Title Sponsor this year to match their support.
Texas Mutual Insurance Company was the perfect fit.
“As the leading provider of workers' compensation in the state, we're on a mission to build a stronger, safer Texas,'' Texas Mutual VP of Regional Operations in Houston Peppia Gates said. “This event gave us the opportunity to help local students and teachers while building relationships in the communities where we live and work."
In addition to the tournament, participants enjoyed lunch underwritten by Banfield Properties, games like Gun Powder Golf and a team flurry. Over 630 raffle tickets were sold and two lucky winners went home with a Traeger and Big Green Egg donated by Magnuson Ace Hardware.
The squares board was a new element this year generating $10,000 in new income.
“Guests purchased $100 squares for a chance at winning one of two Orvis-endorsed hunting trips donated by Castle Valley Outdoors in Utah and Southwind Plantation in Georgia,” Sporting Clays Committee Member Adam Ring said.
Competition on the course was high and after the shoot everyone enjoyed ice cold beer provided by Karbach Brewery while top teams were awarded champion Yeti tumblers.
FEF Executive Director Ashley Adair said the event’s energy, momentum and growth is truly remarkable.
“Our Sporting Clays Committee has done an outstanding job creating an event that people do not want to miss,” Adair said. “It’s such a great afternoon that translates into a huge impact on the students of Friendswood ISD.
All funds raised from the event will support the Foundation’s mission of supporting and enhancing FISD by providing innovative and engaging learning opportunities for all students through meaningful relationships.
Top event sponsors and underwriters included Texan Bank, Texas Mutual Insurance, Reactor Resources, Karbach Brewery, Magnuson Ace Hardware, Banfield Properties, Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital, JJ’s Car Wash, Kelly & Charlotte Hall, and Stedman West Interests, Traylor Mechanical and Virgata Property Company.