Plans are already underway for 13th Annual Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out, our signature annual fundraiser, and one the most exciting and unique charity events in North America. The date has been set – it’s all happening on Tuesday, September 19th, at Rhode Island’s world-class Addieville East Farm.
The Shoot-Out combines a clay-shooting tournament, an outdoor concert, fun and sportsman-like contests and demonstrations, and even fine-dining and a large-scale fireworks display -- for a memorable day for both sponsors and “shooters,” alike. The event has attracted celebrities from the world of sports, music, TV and entertainment, and is routinely a record-breaker in terms of money raised, the number of attendees and the phenomenal media coverage generated. We’ll raise the bar in 2017 again by adding more celebrities, more competition, and more exciting exhibitions to what has come to be known as the premiere shooting event in the country!
Well-known attendees routinely show up for the Shoot-Out. Everyone from current Patriots Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Rob Ninkovich, Stephen Gostkowski, Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon, Ryan Allen, and Nate Ebner, to Matt’s former teammates Wes Welker, Sebastian Vollmer, Tedy Bruschi, Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly, Adam Vinatieri, Mike Vrabel, Zoltan Mesko, Larry Izzo, Lonie Paxton, Joe Andruzzi, Matt Chatham, Sammy Morris and Troy Brown, who have also participated. Patriots’ alumni Pete Brock, Steve Nelson and Larry Eisenhower, and NFL stand-outs Steve Hutchinson, Chris Deilman, and Hall-of- Famer Andre Tippett have also played a part. Also on hand -- former Boston Bruin Jay Miller, Mike Fourtner of reality TV’s “Deadliest Catch,” CBS TV’s “Person of Interest” star Kevin Chapman, Olympians Kelli Stack, Simon Shnapir, Marissa Castelli, Elena Pirozhokova and the cast and crew of “Wicked Tuna” have come out to enjoy the day. Comedian and actor Lenny Clarke has emceed every year with help from fellow comedians like Tony V, and some of the world’s top shooters, Jerry Miculek and Max Michel, Jr., have given demos to the shooters, and have also held a celebrity “Hot Shot” contest, which pits some of the famous faces there against each other. Last year, Olympic shooter Vinnie Hancock put on a one-of-a-kind trick-shooting demonstration that had the crowds riveted.
In addition to the shooting tournament and contest, guests can visit with exhibitors, such as Gooseman Game Calls, Kawasaki, Orvis, Swarovski Optik, Hasbro, Ball & Buck, Vital X Archery, KRAVE Jerky, Tactical 5.11, Brian Fox Studios and sponsoring gun companies: Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Savage Arms, Sig Sauer and Kimber. Other onsite activities are offered, like fly-fishing, 3-D archery, a Nerf Shooting Gallery “Big Kids Zone,” a handgun range, and rides on the Kawasaki Teryx. After lunch, which will include a variety of options from popular Boston chefs Michael Schlow, Anthony Caturano, and Evan Deluty, plus a variety of food trucks out on the course, enjoy dinner by popular steakhouse The Capital Grille. Top that off with live musical entertainment, and a live auction run by Matt, and pals Lenny and Tony, featuring celebrity-driven items and VIP trips. The night ends with a big fireworks display!
To date, the Shoot-Out has raised nearly $6 million dollars for initiatives that include various programs for at-risk teens in Rhode Island, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana and Massachusetts.
The nonprofit’s objective: to provide at-risk youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in meeting, and exceeding all their goals. Matt’s greater vision has always been to support larger nonprofit groups’ efforts and impact more kids from around the country, and he’s done so through dozens of other Chenoweth Trails initiatives and community events that brought over 4,000 people through the facility in 2016.
2017 sponsors to date include: Putnam Investments, Savage Arms, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Rockport Mortgage, and Kimber. Many more are expected to sign on.
In addition to supporting a great cause, the Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out provides an exceptional team-building opportunity for staff, or a one-of-a-kind “thank-you” to top clients or customers. To discuss customized sponsorship opportunities, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Goodwin Group PR at (508) 508-404-1745.