Sporting clay shooting event to benefit cancer center

SAN ANTONIO (July 17, 2009) – Imagine a day of shooting sporting clays with four good friends or colleagues. Start the day at 7 a.m. with breakfast tacos and savor the flavor of freshly grilled fajitas the rest of the day. Compete in a silent and live auction for prizes such as hunting and fishing trips, shotguns, tickets for concerts and sporting events, and weekend getaways.

This day can be yours on Saturday, Sept. 12, if you register to sponsor a five-member team for the Vulcan Materials Company 16th Annual Funshoot at the National Shooting Complex, 5931 Roft Road. The day includes breakfast and lunch, beverages, a goodie bag including golf shirt and hat, and tickets for prize drawings. Teams can choose to participate in one of two rounds, beginning at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Preferred shooting rotation is first come, first served. Register before Aug. 1 to guarantee your shirt size. To register, call (210) 524-3500 or visit

Team sponsorships start at $1,000, and 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. As of July 17, platinum $5,000 sponsors for this year’s event included AT&T, Cemex, Komatsu (dealers: Waukesha Pearce, Kirby-Smith), and Ryan Construction.

Over the past 15 years, Vulcan’s event has raised more than $1.3 million to benefit the CTRC, the region’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center. The 2008 event raised more than $164,000.

“Cancer has touched the Vulcan family numerous times since we did our first Funshoot in 1994,” said Tom Hill, president, Vulcan Materials, Southwest Division. “Our employees would like this to be the landmark year that cumulative donations to benefit the CTRC reach the $1.5 million mark.”

An event that annually attracts nearly 400 participants takes a lot of careful preparation. A team of committed employees from Vulcan Materials plans and implements the entire event. For example, on the day of the event, employees fire up a grill so large that six men can cook at a time. They’ll use up half a cord of wood before the day is over.

“The CTRC is fortunate to have the continued support of Vulcan Materials, a true community partner,” said Tyler Curiel, M.D., M.P.H., executive director of the CTRC at the UT Health Science Center. “We greatly appreciate all of their hard work and efforts to make this event a success year after year.”

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.

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the nation’s leading academic research and treatment centers, serving more than 4.4 million people in the high-growth corridor of Central and South Texas including Austin, San Antonio, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. CTRC is one of a few elite cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Cancer Center, and is one of only three in Texas. A world leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, The CTRC Institute for Drug Development (IDD) is internationally recognized for conducting the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug trials program in the world, and participates in the clinical and/or preclinical development of many of the cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. For more information, visit the Web site at

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