On Monday, March 26, more than 150 shooters gathered for the 3rd Annual Shoot Out ALS tournament at the Greater Houston Gun Club, raising $127,000 for the fight against ALS. Shooting enthusiasts participated in an afternoon shoot followed by cocktails and dinner, a live auction, and an awards reception.
At the tournament, we recognized ALS Hero JC Creath. Before ALS, JC and his wife Andrea were photographers, always on the go. While busy photographing weddings, families, pets, and babies, the symptoms of ALS began. JC began tripping and falling, and he struggled to catch his breath at times.
Throughout June of 2017, JC would do yardwork and find himself so exhausted afterward. He thought of his friend Marty. When Marty was diagnosed with ALS, he and JC had discussed his symptoms.
“I remembered he said that he would tire easily, he lost his ability to swing a golf club, and would trip over ‘nothing,’” JC said in his speech at the tournament. “I immediately … googled ALS. I had all the symptoms – unintended weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, impaired balance and hand coordination, cramps, and more. Crap.”
After JC’s diagnosis, he and his wife began traveling. He was in the Army from 1961 to 1964 and was stationed in Orleans, France, which is now one of their favorite vacation destinations. Because military veterans are twice as likely to get ALS, people who have ALS are fully supported by the Veteran’s Administration.
JC and Andrea also rely on ALS Facebook groups, the ALS Association, their family, their church community, and their faith to get them through ALS. We were pleased to honor them at the annual clay shoot.
Guests enjoyed a catered dinner provided by Demeris Bar-B-Q, and drinks were sponsored by Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors. The silent auction included several prizes like a one-of-a-kind Diablo Paddlesports Amigo Kayak, Offshore and Bay Fishing Trip in Venice, Louisiana for six, and a 1-day/1-night upland bird hunt at the Hawkeye Hunting Club in Center, Texas.
A special thanks to our presenting sponsors Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors and the Cleary family, as well as Six Foot, the Hall Family, LJA Engineering, Shipley Do-Nuts, and Southeast Fire Protection.
To view photos from the 2018 shoot, click here.
Interested in participating in the 2019 shoot? Check out www.ShootOutALS.com for updates on next year’s event.
Interested in sponsoring the 2019 event? Contact Jessica Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org.