Thank You For Supporting The 2016 CELEBRITY SHOOT-OUT!
(Click Here To View All The Shoot-Out Pictures Courtesy Of Jeff Adams Photography)
Two Thumbs up for the 2015 Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out! Our 11th year was another huge success!
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all our sponsors, our shooting participants, the vendors, donors, volunteers and all the celebrities who came out to make it the great day that it was!It was a fantastic event that raised a lot of money for The Light Foundation!
Once again, the tournament was filled to capacity with enthusiastic participants ready for all kinds of exciting activities in the morning, like: fly fishing with Thomas & Thomas, Vital X 3-D Archery and Bass Pro Shops, the Nerf Big Kid’s Zone, courtesy of Hasbro, and Mike Higgins’ chainsaw sculptures.Our Exhibition Tent showcased gun companies like Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Remington, Kimber, Thomson Center and other vendors like Gooseman Gamecalls, Randolph Engineering, Krave Jerky, Brian Fox Studios, Thomas & Thomas, Swarovski Optik, and Kawasaki.
The Shoot-Out runs on Dunkin’!!The Dunkin’ Donuts booth was set up early to get everyone revved up at the Registration Kiosk. Thanks, Dunkin’, for the coffee and donuts!
The Hot Shot Contest drew a record crowd as celebrities like Troy Brown, Dan Koppen, Marcus Cannon, Rob Ninkovich, Matt Chatham, Stephen Gostkowski, Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhokova and Lenny Clarke tested their skills against each other with Dan Koppen claiming victory this year!
And *new* this year, a special surprise with an exhibition from the Randolph Engineering Ranger Professional Shooting Team, featuring Josh Richmond and Mark Weeks.Everyone was wowed by their shooting trickery!
Lunch was new and different this year – graciously donated by Tom Mrva, and provided by his twin brother Mike Mrva of New York-based Smokey Legends BarBQ…amazing!Thank you, Mike!
Everyone headed out on the course after Stephen Gostkowski lit the cannon for the ceremonial start to the tournament.
After the tournament, country music recording artist Matt Stillwell took the stage as appetizers provided by Prezza and Wicked Kickin’ Savory Cheesecakes were devoured by all.Thank you, Anthony Caturano and Sean and Katie McKenna!Matt and Lenny kicked off the Live Auction while drinks flowed from our longtime vendors, Three Olives Vodka, Harpoon, Cabin Fever Whisky, Keel Vodka, Pepsi and Hint Water.Dinner, once again, was very generously donated by Chris Scott and The Capital Grille – thank you Chris! Everyone enjoyed their signature steak and lobster mac and cheese…unbelievable!
Winston Flowers helped spruce up our décor with rustic centerpieces that included Nancy Gutfarb’s homemade gourmet candied pecans.
After the silent auction closed, we topped the night off with the best fireworks display ever courtesy of American Fireworks!
A special booming thanks to our generous Sponsors:
Smith & Wesson
Dan Lyons & At Bear Tree Lodge
Thank you for supporting the Light Foundation and for making the 10th year anniversary of the Shoot-Out a Huge Success!
A very heartfelt, sincere thank you to all of you for making the 10th Annual Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out at Addieville East Farm a huge success. We capped off a decade of doing this signature event by setting our biggest attendance records yet. We were also able to raise a record $700,000 for the Light Foundation to help the at-risk kids from around the country whom we serve. We are so very grateful to all of you who volunteered, worked, donated, and supported us in a variety of different ways. It takes a small army to pull this off every year, and we have been able to build the best one in the business.
Nearly 500 guests and 150 volunteers came out to support the all-day clay shooting fundraiser, which included exhibitors like Randolph, Swarovski Optik, Gooseman Game Calls, VINOvations, Thomas & Thomas, KRAVE Jerky, and all of the participating gun companies, a "Hot Shot" contest, fly fishing, 3D archery from Vital X Archery, a Nerf Zone courtesy of Hasbro, Kawasaki rides, and a live chainsaw sculpture by Mike Higgins. Celebrity guests included: Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Rob Ninkovich (this year's Hot Shot Contest Winner!), Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Joe Vellano, Jordan Devey, Marcus Cannon (this year's top Celebrity Shooter!), Joe Andruzzi, Russ Hochstein, Dan Koppen, Dante Scarnecchia, Ronnie Lippett, Ilia Jarostchuk, the cast ofNational Geographic's Wicked Tuna and Olympians Simon Shnapir, Marissa Castelli and Kelli Stack.
An unbelievable game lunch was catered by Denny Corriveau, New England's Wild Cheff, delicious hearty appetizers were provided by Davio's, and Chris Scott and his team from the Capital Grille fed a record crowd of dinner guests an amazing spread - we can't thank you all enough for making the guest experience as special as it is by providing such good food. Thank you to our spirits sponsors as well: Three Olives Vodka, Harpoon Brewery, Cabin Fever Whisky, KEEL Vodka, VINOvations, and Wicked Kickin' Savory Cheesecakes for the snacks. The crowd was entertained by three musical guests during the day and evening portion - the Drumadics, Brothers McCann, and Aaron Lewis. Colonial Fireworks ended the night with a spectacular fireworks display.
Thank you to Dunkin Donuts who provided coffee and donuts in the morning and to James' Breakfast and More for providing all the meals for our 150 volunteers. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who gave many long hours to make it all happen. We especially thank VOYA Financial and Kohl's for sending so many people to help - you were all life savers! And finally, we want to thank our generous sponsors, who made the day possible: Platinum Sponsor Ruger, Target Sponsor Smith & Wesson, Silver Sponsors Putnam Investments, TACO, Energi, Inc., and Sig Sauer, Bronze Sponsor Douglas A. King Builders, and big donors like Remington, Hasbro, Tactical 5.11, Wild Game Innovations, and Lighthouse Computer Services. There are dozens of people who came together to make the day a very special one - too many to name -- and really stepped up. Thank you to all of you!
Thank you for everything!
Matt Light & the Light Foundation