Sporting-clay shooters to enjoy annual competition while raising big money for cancer research

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 4, 2012) — With shotguns in hand, approximately 350 people are expected on Saturday, Sept. 8, for the 19th annual Vulcan Materials Funshoot at the National Shooting Complex on San Antonio’s western edge. Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

Last year’s event netted more than $159,000 for the CTRC, which is the premiere cancer treatment and research center in Central and South Texas. Since 1994, the annual sporting-clay competition has raised almost $1.8 million to support the center’s mission to conquer cancer through research, prevention and treatment.

Jeff Lott, vice president for Vulcan Materials, said Vulcan employees enjoy organizing the competition because they truly believe in the CTRC and its mission.

“We have been supporting the CTRC through our annual funshoot for 19 years. Every year we are touched with new stories of how CTRC is helping the people of our community,” Lott said. “The doctors and staff at CTRC save lives every day. Anything we can do to help further that cause is good business in our opinion.”

Ian M. Thompson, Jr., M.D., director of the CTRC, will be one of the many competitors at the shooting event this Saturday.

“Every year I look forward to this event, and every year my shooting gets a little better,” Dr. Thompson said. “Not only that, but every year I am even more amazed and touched by the enthusiasm and commitment of the Vulcan employees to helping the CTRC in our mission. It means a lot to us and to our patients.”
The fund-raising event begins with breakfast and the shooting competition in the morning. The funshoot also features lunch, raffles and silent and live auctions. The National Shooting Complex is located at 5931 Roft Road, off Culebra Road and outside Loop 1604.

MEDIA INFO: Lott, Dr. Thompson and Oscar Benavidez, Vulcan Materials district manager – sales, will be available for interviews. Dr. Thompson and Benavidez also are available for interviews in Spanish. The best time for interviews is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For photographs or video of shooting, the time is 9 to 11 a.m.

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the elite academic cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Cancer Center, and is one of only four in Texas. A leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, the CTRC Institute for Drug Development (IDD) conducts one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug programs in the world, and participates in development of cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. For more information, visit

Vulcan Materials Company, a member of the S&P 500 Index, is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, a major producer of asphalt mix and concrete and a leading producer of cement in Florida. For more information, visit their website at

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