Operation Cherrybend--A Hero's Hunt
Operation Cherrybend is an annual event made possible by donations from our community and those that support our mission. This event combines the resources of Cherrybend with the talent of Nashville singers and songwriters as a week long event spent with our wounded hero's pheasant hunting, shooting, night coyote hunting, and enjoying fellowship, good music and brotherhood.
Today, Operation Cherrybend is a 501(c)3 pending non-profit. All organizers for the event are unpaid volunteers that are dedicating their time and resources to make this event happen for our Veterans. 22 veterans commit suicide each day. Through outreach, adventure, and music--we have devolped a platform that brings those together who are struggling to form a stronger network to battle the demons.
Operation Cherrybend began after Singer/Songwriter Jared Ashley visited Cherrybend on a hunt with kids with cancer and was inspired to combine an event with his non-profit organization the Flight Deck Veteran's Group. The FDVG motto is Veterans helping Veterans and is bringing awareness to the everyday struggle for our veterans as well as the poorly reported high suicide rate for our returning soldiers. 22 veterans commit suicide in the US every day. It's a conversation that needs to be had.
The event brings wounded hero's to Cherrybend for the opportunity to meet others just like them as well as share good times and fellowship doing adventures on the Farm. To add to the magic is the singer's sharing stories and songs to bring it all together.
Operation Cherrybend has grown into a major regional event! The OpCbend Team now has over 10 volunteers that help make this event happen. Thank you to the local community for rallying around this event to help make it so very special!!!
OPERATION CHERRYBEND 2018
2016 Operation Cherrybend Concert with Lonestar!!
The Nick Erdy Foundation has donated 100 tickets to the Lonestar Concert on 10/08/16! What a generous gift from a family that has given the ultimate sacrifice.
2015 Operation Cherrybend John Michael Montgomery
The October 2015 event produced a concert at the local Murphy Theatre sponsored by R&L Carriers, that featured opening acts with the Songwriter's in the Round with Mark Ramsey, Ray Stephenson, Buddy Owens and Daniel Dean. That was followed by the opening act Jared Ashley and his band which energized the crowd with his his hit songs including "Last Train to Memphis". The crowd got on their feet with the feature of Mark Ramsey singing "Hang on Sloopy" and the crowd answering O-H-I-O. The headliner was John Michael Montgomery who played many of his number one hit songs including "I Swear" and "I Love the Way You Love Me" which had couples in the crowd coming forward to dance in front of the stage. It was a special evening with moments honoring our Veteran's for their service and promising that we still care.