CARROLLTON, TX – Laura Berry, a Corpus Christi philanthropist, recently raised over $300,000 for veteran nonprofits by participating in in the 6th annual Great Americans Shoot, hosted by Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT), at the Dallas Gun Club in Carrollton, Texas from September 27th to the 29th. This annual fundraiser is a chance for teams to come together to compete in a shooting competition geared at raising money for SFCT and other veteran nonprofits and charities. Berry has been one of the top fundraisers at the event for the last six years, and uses the platform to help raise money for Military Warriors Support Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charity dedicated to helping combat-wounded veterans, as well as Gold Star spouses and their families. The organization was founded in 2007 by retired Lieutenant General (USA) Leroy Sisco, who also attended and participated in the event.
“We wouldn’t be able to help even a fraction of the veterans and Gold Star spouses that we do without the help of people like Laura Berry,” said retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major David Dougherty, Director of Skills4Life at Military Warriors Support Foundation. “The fact that she’s out here representing us, year after year, and helping us raise money for our injured heroes, the Special Forces, and Special Operations communities, shows how dedicated she is to helping support our brothers and sisters in arms.”
There were 14 teams competing this year, each made up of 5 members and a 6th participant from the Special Operations or Special Forces communities. This year Berry’s team, Lady Laura and The Texas Shooting Stars (the only female shooting team), received 150 pledges that raised approximately $351,296, well over their initial goal of $50,000. Her team also raised over a quarter of the total $1,263,660.70 raised through the event, the second-highest of all of the 14 teams that raised money and competed in the shooting competition. Each team member raised money, but Berry raised approximately $304,910 from the 89 pledges she personally received as the team’s captain. She said this level of fundraising took hard work, dedication, and many long hours.
“After the first year, I met these men who had served. One of those heroes was out there with a prosthetic leg and was missing an arm. He did that for me,” said Berry when asked why she continues to shoot at the competition and support veteran nonprofits. “This is the most wonderful thing I’ve ever done in my life. My husband was a Seabee in the U.S. Navy, and my brother was in the United States Army Air Forces during World War 2. I do this in their memory as well.”
Her team came in second for overall fundraising, and a member of the team won the individual shooting competition component. Berry wasn’t done there, however, as she also donated a truck to her nonprofit of choice this year during the competition. Towards the end of the event, there was a drawing to win a 2019 GMC Sierra for competitors. Berry defied expectations when she won the truck for the second year in a row. She decided to donate the new truck to Military Warriors Support Foundation right away and gave the keys to Dougherty, who was also competing at The Great Americans Shoot.
“This truck is about more than wanting to support the organization, it’s about supporting the mission of Skills4Life as a whole,” said Dougherty. “This will give us the opportunity to take over 400 combat-wounded veterans, Gold Star spouses, and their families on outdoor adventures over the next year.”
Through the years, Berry has raised funds for Military Warriors Support Foundation and helped them by sponsoring 18 homes worth over $4,000,000 for combat-wounded heroes, Gold Star spouses, and their families.
For more information about the nonprofit Berry has chosen to represent, visit www.militarywarriors.org. For more information about SPCT or The Great Americans Shoot, visit www.specialforcescharitabletrust.org.