Fundraising Goal Exceeded for 2019 Bullets, Bourbon and Barbecue

Huntsville Community Continues to Show Big Support for Veterans

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The Huntsville SOF Network’s 2019 Bullets, Bourbon and Barbecue was a huge success, raising more than $50,000 to support Still Serving Veterans.

Several Huntsville-based companies contributed to the massive success of the fundraiser; Warren Averett, Radiance Technologies, Dynetics, Hyde Homes, IBERIABANK and Woody Anderson Ford were among the major sponsors.

“We were thrilled to support such a great cause and couldn’t be happier with the success of the event,” said Warren Averett Asset Management financial advisor Kelly Clary.

 
A shooter tests one of Beretta’s top-of-the-line shotguns.

A shooter tests one of Beretta’s top-of-the-line shotguns.

Beretta, a firearms company that has been in business for more than 500 years, was another major supporter. Beretta USA provided a wide variety of their top-of-the-line guns and all the ammunition for the event.

“It was an honor to support SSV [Still Serving Veterans] and probably the most enjoyment I've had in recent memory,” said a Beretta employee.  

The event was held at King B Farm in Ardmore, Tennessee where more than 150 guests had the opportunity to shoot Beretta’s firearms at their choice of four shooting ranges. King B Farm owners, Keith and Candace Bennett, donated the use of their scenic wedding venue and shooting ranges to help support the cause.

Guests also had the opportunity to hear from two celebrity guest speakers and authors; Ryan Cleckner, a retired long-range army sniper, and Eric O’Neill, famed former FBI agent who helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history.

2019 is the third year the Huntsville SOF Network hosted Bullets, Bourbon and Barbecue but the first of which they donated all proceeds to Still Serving Veterans.

“We love what Still Serving Veterans is doing and wanted to help as many Veterans as we could,” said TJ Wright, founder and president of Huntsville SOF Network. 

The money raised will help Veterans with employment, accessing their VA benefits and getting them connected with any other resources they need to build meaningful lives after their military service.

VIP guests listen as VIP guest Ryan Cleckner talks about his military experience.

VIP guests listen as VIP guest Ryan Cleckner talks about his military experience.

 
Bill Koch,  Ginger Harper, Sybil Cleveland, Rodney Pennywell,  Peggy Lee Wright and Will Webb

Bill Koch, Ginger Harper, Sybil Cleveland, Rodney Pennywell, Peggy Lee Wright and Will Webb

Still Serving Veterans helped send nearly a thousand veterans back to work last year and more than 500 get the benefits they earned during their service. Those numbers are expected to rise in 2019 but will only be possible with the support of the community.

“We [Still Serving Veterans] are so grateful to every company and each individual who contributed to the success of the 2019 Bullets, Bourbon and Barbecue,” said Still Serving Veterans CEO Will Webb, “They showed our Veterans that their community truly cares about them.”