R+L Carriers, the Flight Deck Veterans Group and Cherrybend Pheasant Farm have announced tickets are on sale for the 2017 Operation Cherrybend concert featuring Grammy Award-winner Joe Diffie at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington on Sept. 16. Operation Cherrybend’s annual concert is meant to thank the nation’s wounded veterans and spread awareness about veteran’s issues.
Joe Diffie is a Grand Ole Opry member, County Music Award winner, platinum-selling country artist, and has had over 20 Top Ten singles including “Pick Up Man.” Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at themurphytheatre.org or operationcherrybend.org. Net proceeds from the concert will fund veteran events including survivor outreach activities and local Gold Star events.
“There are many ways to get involved and reach out to the community to make a difference,” said Greg Bronner, vice president of Marketing at R+L Carriers. “Operation Cherrybend is an opportunity to echo the respect and value we have for our service men and women and overall awareness of the health issues that may affect them once they return home and take off the uniform. This particular event is one which R+L Carriers takes great pride in being a part of.”
Operation Cherrybend was founded in 2015 by recording artist and Navy veteran Jared Ashley and the Ellis Family, owners of the Cherrybend Pheasant farm, a 640-acre hunting preserve. Last year’s concert, featuring platinum-selling country band Lonestar, raised over $60,000 for veterans.
“Building relationships with our local military and veteran heroes has been amazing. We have found that participating in this event helps our heroes that struggle to acclimate back into civilian life after having served. For a week they feel like they did before their world changed,” said Operation Cherrybend Co-founder Beth Ellis.
Special guest country singer/songwriters at this year’s concert will include Ashley, Marine Corps veteran Daniel Dean, Marine Corps. veteran Sal Gonzales and Lewis Brice.
Year-round, Operation Cherrybend promotes healing through music with Cherrybend Guitars, a line of custom guitars that are donated to wounded veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. To learn more about Operation Cherrybend’s dedication to serving our country’s heroes, visit https://www.operationcherrybend.org
Submitted by Sara Dixon.