The 21st annual Pull for Kids Classic raised more than $770,000 for the non-profit organization Child Advocates, safely meeting the organization’s $700,000 goal. That money should ensure that as many as 410 Texas children have advocates this year. Whoever said guns can’t help children?
The event attracted over 300 participants ready to try their luck shooting down clay pigeons at the American Shooting Centers in Houston, Texas. From there, the shooters migrated to the after party where 750 guests celebrated to the “An Evening Among the Stars” theme.
Becky and David Davis chaired the shooting event, while the after party was led by committee chairs Bernadette Alvarez, Sheryl and Joel Androphy, Jeff Birmingham, Rick Burnett, Stacey and Ron Chovanec, Eddy De Los Santos, Cherie Hassenflu and Dolly Dawson Thomas. Officials from Child Advocate were also in attendance, including Child Advocates CEO Sonya Galvan Grace.
The after party included a speaking event with Shiloh Carter and Nicole Reed. Carter had saved Reed from nine years of child abuse before helping Reed find a new home in an adopted family. The two speakers received a standing ovation.
The festivities contribute to an already impressive history for Child Advocates. The non-profit has raised more than $7.5 million for Harris County children over the past 28 years, starting with an organizational budget of $5,000 and three volunteer staff members.
Galvan writes on the website, “More than two decades, 18,500 children and 4,100 volunteers later, I still marvel at the impact that our organization has made in our city, and most importantly, in the lives of so many children whose lives have been critically affected by life-threatening child abuse.”
Appealing to the gun crowd proved to be an overwhelmingly successful tactic for the Texas-based charity. Gun rights advocates and gun control proponents may disagree on the value of guns, but everybody can get behind a $770,000 check that will help improve the lives of abused children.