It’s that time of year again in New Orleans. No, I’m not talking carnival season – February 11th marks the fourth annual Gunning for a Cure.
After losing their father to prostate cancer, the Perez family started Gunning for a Cure in 2013. It is a one-day skeet shooting tournament and celebration at Stella Plantation, benefiting cancer research. Over just three-years, the event has raised over $357,000 for the Tulane Cancer Center, and with this year’s event, they hope to top $500,000.
The day begins with the signature skeet shooting tournament at 9 AM, but the afterparty continues well into the evening. Beginning at 1 PM, the party is open to shooters and non-shooters alike and features a variety of family friendly activities:
- Kids’ exhibition on Louisiana wildlife, including a special meet and greet with Hammy the Great Horned Owl
- Water bottle cannon shoot for either a lifetime fishing and hunting license or a Yeti Cooler
- Silent auction, with prizes like an African safari, an off-shore fishing trip with Billy Wells, and a one-week stay at a four-bedroom condo in Gulf Shores
- Wine auction, where every $25 ticket wins a bottle valued between $15 and $250
- 3-gun raffle for a Browning Citori o/u 20 ga, Browning BPS 10 ga, and a Benelli SBE II 12 ga
- Live music by The Dirty Rain Revelers
- Catering by 12 Seasons and open bar
When we learned about this great cause, we got involved. I’m proud to serve on the Gunning for a Cure board and am particularly excited to field the event’s first all-female shooting team. Saint Hugh donated a Shooter’s Jacket and Original Long Sleeve to the silent auction.
You can get involved too. Here’s how:
- Register a team – if you’re in the area, grab three friends and join the tournament
- Attend the after party – purchase a $50 ticket, and enjoy delicious food and fun activities
- Buy a 3-gun raffle ticket – every ticket provides three chances to win a shotgun
- Donate an auction item – promote your business and support finding a cure
- Make a donation – even if you can’t join us for the festivities, you can still support Gunning for a Cure