The Flight Deck Veterans Group and Cherrybend Pheasant Farm in partnership with R+L Carriers are proud to announce the 2016 Operation Cherrybend event on October 8th featuring platinum-selling country band, Lonestar, at The Murphy Theatre 50 W. Main Street, Wilmington, Ohio. The annual event, founded by Nashville recording artist and Navy veteran Jared Ashley and Cherrybend’s Ellis Family, is meant to thank our nation's wounded veterans and spread awareness for veterans issues. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at themurphytheatre.org or operationcherrybend.org.
After an extremely successful 2015 event featuring John Michael Montgomery, the annual veterans hunt and concert is back and bigger than ever with event sponsors R+L Carriers.
“R+L Carriers is inspired by the work of the Flight Deck Veterans Group, and Operation Cherrybend which provide professional support, the opportunity to build and strengthen personal relationships, and the tools to explore and learn new skills or hobbies,” said Greg Bronner, VP of Marketing for R+L. “We are truly inspired by this. We want to help spread the importance of supporting those who have served us, in an effort to reflect our gratitude for the sacrifices these men and women have made to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.”
"What started out as a simple grass-roots retreat with my fellow singer/songwriters to honor a few combat wounded veterans, has turned into an amazing event on a much larger scale impacting a vast audience, I'm so thankful to the Ellis family, R+L Carriers, the city of Wilmington, OH and surrounding area businesses and residents for their support in honoring these veterans,” said Jared Ashley, U.S. Navy veteran and co-founder of Operation Cherrybend. “Approximately 22 veterans take their lives everyday. We need to increase awareness of veterans issues so they feel the honor and pride that we have for them everyday.”
The night will feature Lonestar and Jared Ashley, who will take the stage after a Songwriters Round straight from Nashville featuring 2015 CCMA Songwriter of the Year Buddy Owens, Grammy winning songwriter Ray Stephenson (Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and more), Marine Corp. Veterans Daniel Dean and Sal Gonzalez and more.