Country superstar Tim McGraw was seen cracking jokes in Nashville last Tuesday at the Tug McGraw Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout. Cradling a rifle, McGraw told PEOPLE, “I’m going to take out Luke Bryan. He’s a Georgia boy, and I’m a Louisiana boy, so I’ve got an advantage right off.”
McGraw was only kidding though. No people (or animals) were shot at Tuesday’s charity event. Only sporting clays. Tim’s brother Mark organized the shootout to benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation. The foundation provides resources and hands-on support to improve the quality of life for people with brain-related trauma and tumors. It also provides medical support and care for veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The shootout along with a prior auction raised funds specifically for the military members affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Retired Staff Sgt. Allen Hill is just one of the people the event is meant to help.
Hill was critically injured in Iraq in November 2007. Since that time he has been in and out of numerous hospitals and residential PTSD treatment programs. The last of these treatment centers –The Pathway Home in Yountville, California– has helped Hill learn how to manage his PTSD.
Hill’s wife Gina said of the people hosting the event, “They have such a huge platform and such a huge voice that it can make a huge difference in erasing the stigma [of PTSD].
Several celebrity musicians were on hand at Tuesday’s shootout at the Nashville Gun Club including Luke Bryan, Keith Anderson, Craig Campbell and McGraw, who hosted the event. Carrie Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher was happy to come out to support the foundation. He attempted to win a Beretta rifle that was auctioned off prior to the shootout but he was outbid by $100. The Beretta rifle was sold for $2,600.
The foundation was hoping to raise $70,000 from the event and came very close to doing so with the final proceed count being just over $65,000.
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