With a canon's blast and muskets' blare, Matt Light's fourth annual Celebrity Shoot-Out was underway. The Patriots Pro-Bowl left tackle led the participating shooters on their way across Addieville East Farm in Mapleville, R.I. on Tuesday to help raise money for The Light Foundation.
Torrential rains soaked the grounds as dark clouds loomed overhead, but no thunderstorm could deter the shooters' enthusiasm to help raise money for some worthy causes and enjoy some clay shooting in the process.
"Each year, it's grown and it's gotten bigger," Light said. "We've had more participation. People have really jumped on board. I think they enjoy the day, and ultimately, they know the money they're donating goes to a great cause."
Keeping in the spirit of the event's name, this year's Shoot-Out wasn't lacking in star power as a host of Light's Patriots teammates came out to support the cause. Dan Connolly, Stephen Gostkowski, Chris Hanson, Ellis Hobbs, Russ Hochstein, Larry Izzo, Nick Kaczur, Dan Koppen, Logan Mankins, Lonie Paxton, Stephen Spach, Mike Vrabel and Wes Welker all took part in the festivities, in addition to Patriots alumni Peter Brock and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett.
Olympic skier Bode Miller and comedian and event co-emcee Lenny Clarke were also on hand.
"Matt [Light] does a lot for the community," Patriots special teams captain Larry Izzo said. "It's great to be out here and to support his work. You can see this event has really grown over the years. I'm really proud of him for putting something like this together."
The event closed out with a barbecue dinner, followed by live and silent auctions, and a presentation of "Stands Alone Warrior," a documentary on The Light Foundation.
In the seven years since The Light Foundation was founded, it has raised over $1.2 million to fund programs including a Character Development Football Camp, a Financial Literacy Program and academic scholarships.