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 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.The Ellis Family donates their time and use of their Farm for the activities to help bring these veterans together in the battle against Veteran Suicide.
Weekly Zoom meeting Check-ins are held every Sunday night. We generally have 6-15 participants. A great way to have a place to check-in if things are rough or to share good news.
The events bring combat and combat wounded veterans to Cherrybend for the opportunity to meet others just like them as well as share good times and fellowship doing adventures on the 1Farm. To add to the magic is the singer's sharing stories and songs to bring it all together. Almost all of the singer songwriter's are veterans themselves!
Operation Cherrybend has grown into a major regional event! The OpCbend Team now has over 15 volunteers that help make this event happen. This year we had 30 veterans staying on-site for the weeklong retreat.
Thank you to the local community for rallying around this event to help make it so very special!!!
The song featured in the music video below was written by a Nashville songwriter, Rick Tiger, that visited and participated in Operation Cherrybend '17. He was inspired by the community outreach to our veterans and by the amazing healing that happens when helping hands come together. The song was recoreded and video produced by Jared Ashley, Navy Veteran and Musician. Please take the time to watch the video. Find a veteran organization that you feel is inspiring and support their efforts.
Please watch this video from our first Operation Cherrybend event when we partnered with the FDVG. This event then became it's own local non-profit-Operation Cherrybend 501c3. This amazing video sums up what we do.
Please watch this video below:
2016 Operation Cherrybend Concert with Lonestar!!
The Nick Erdy Foundation has donated 100 tickets for every concert beginning with the Lonestar Concert on 10/08/16 and every year since! 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.
Cherrybend Pheasant Farm
2326 Cherrybend Rd.
Wilmington, OH 45177
October 1st- March 31st
Currently booking hunts beginning October 1st-Mar.31st
Sporting Clays & Wobble Trap
See Clays Page for hours.
The 12Station course will close Mid-October.
The 5-Stand will open Mid-October.
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