2011 Celebrity Shoot-Out
The Light Foundation recently held its signature annual fundraiser, the 2011 Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out, at Addieville East Farm in Mapleville, Rhode Island. The event, sponsored by NaviNet and the Crowe Family Foundation , raised nearly $400,000 dollars, a great accomplishment for both the nonprofit and the seven year-old event.
The Shoot-Out offered participants the opportunity to match their shooting skills against Light, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly, Deion Branch, Nate Solder and numerous other Patriots players, both past and present. A host of other local and national celebrities, including radio personality Greg Hill, baseball player Adam LaRoche, Mike Fourtner from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, and Olympic hockey hero Jim Craig were also in attendance.
Over the years, the Shoot-Out has become one of the premier shooting events in the country. Major gun companies: Ruger, Remington, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, CamFour and MGM Targets all lent their support this year.
Light gives much credit to the event’s main sponsors, NaviNet and the Crowe Family Foundation- who were new supporters this year, and without whom the event would not have been nearly as successful as it was. EchoStor also stepped up to help the Light Foundation’s cause.
While having celebrities and world class shooters on hand certainly made for an exciting event, Light was most proud of the help the Light Foundation received, so it can continue doing what it does best -- helping kids. “We’re so appreciative of everyone who came out to support us in a variety of different ways,” Light said. “With a sold-out event, we raised a record amount, and are really grateful we can provide more opportunities to help the at-risk youth who really need our assistance.”
In addition to a full day of clay shooting, participants were able to visit with a number of exhibitors, like Rolling Stogies, Robert Corio Designs, Denny the WildCheff, Gooseman Game Calls, and chainsaw artist Mike Higgins. Denny the Wild Cheff donated lunch, and dinner was provided by renowned steakhouse The Capital Grille. Many other sponsors: Harpoon, Three Olives, Cabin Fever Whisky, Veronica’s Treats, Wicked Kickin’ Savory Cheescakes, and Popchips were also on hand. Comedian Tony V headlined the crew of comedians including Graig Murphy, Dave Russo, and Artie Januario who provided entertainment, and Light, along with help from Tony V, and Hill ran a colorful live auction that capped off the evening. Professional auctioneer Jay Beard and his team from Simond Hill Auctions also gave a boost to the fundraising, which exceeded everyone’s expectations. “Those guys are amazing and know how to get the job done!,” said Light. “It’s quite a show to see them rev up the crowd.” The event culminated with a fireworks tribute to Myra H. Kraft, the late wife of Patriots Owner Robert Kraft. “I told the guys over at Colonial Fireworks that I wanted the firework show to be like Myra’s life- bright, beautiful, and unforgettable- and their team really delivered. I’ve been told by a lot of people that it was the best show they’ve ever seen.”
By all accounts, the crowd had a blast, and the funds raised, in this still-struggling economy is proof of that. “We’re beyond thrilled with the end result. Having a great time outdoors, enjoying the day, and still being able to help others…In the end, that’s what this event is about,” Light concluded. “Our goal here at the Foundation is to do everything in our power to help these kids become the best person they possibly can, while at the same time setting the bar for other charitable organizations. I think today was a perfect example of what we are all about, and I couldn’t be happier with what we accomplished.”