Plans are already underway for 14th 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 ALREADY been set – it’s all happening on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, 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 2018 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, David Andrews, Stephen Gostkowski, Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon, Ryan Allen, and Nate Ebner, to Matt’s former teammates Rob Ninkovich, Sebastian Vollmer, Wes Welker, 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. In recent years, Olympic shooters Josh Richmond, Mark Weeks, and Vinnie Hancock put on a one-of-a-kind trick-shooting demonstration that had the crowds riveted. We’ll be showcasing some sharp shooting skills again this year!
In addition to the shooting tournament and contest, guests can visit with exhibitors, such as Gooseman Game Calls, Kawasaki, Orvis Fly Fishing, Swarovski Optik, Hasbro, Ball & Buck, Vital X Archery, KRAVE Jerky, Tactical 5.11, Brian Fox Studios and sponsoring gun companies: Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Kimber, Savage Arms, and major donor Benelli. 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.
This year’s food theme was a favorite all around -- “Shooting with the Chefs!” The addition of a variety of food trucks, more top restaurants, and lunch from amazing local celebrity chefs from Prezza and Tonno, Alta Strada and Stella got the thumbs up from the hundreds of attendees onsite. Appetizers were also provided by Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, Island Creek Oyster Farm, and Arteflame –adding to the culinary focus that’s destined to continue in future years. lDinner is routinely provided by popular steakhouse, The Capital Grille, much to everyone’s delight. 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 over $6 million dollars for initiatives that include various programs for at-risk teens in Rhode Island, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana and two locations in 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 nearly 7,000 people through the facility in 2017!
Sponsorship materials will be available soon, but foursomes, dinner tickets and day passes are already on sale below! 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) 508-404-1740..