What is SummerBlast?                                                  Click here to go back to TalkHunting

SummerBlast is an annual event put on by TalkHunting each summer. Its objective is two fold. The first objective is to create an event where TalkHunting members, their families, and other outdoor enthusiasts can get together, meet one another, and participate in some family friendly activities.

The second objective, and maybe most important, is raising money for Benefit for Kids (www.b4k.org). This non-profit organization provides outdoor adventures to kids with terminal or life limiting illnesses. As a hunting oriented website, we have partnered with B4K to help raise funds for these awesome kids. Jacob (pictured on the right) is going fishing with Jimmy Houston due to the funds we raised in 2015.


If you know of a child with a terminal illness or with a life limiting handicap that would like to go on an  outdoor adventure, courtesy of B4K, please direct them to Benefit For Kids (www.b4k.org).  They are always looking for kids to help!


SummerBlast 2017

Dates & Events
June 22 - 24,  2016

Thursday, June 22
Rifle, Pistol and shotgun events throughout the day

Friday, June 23
Morning - Archery shoot
Afternoon - 1st Cornhole tournament
Night - JT Lewis concert

Saturday, June 24
Morning - 2nd Cornhole tournament
Afternoon - Auction
Night - Hanging out

Click here for details and registration


SummerBlast is held at the awesome Park Mammoth Resort / Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City Kentucky. This is a recreational resort specializing in golf, shooting and archery. It has an 18 hole golf course, a restaurant, a lodge, a bar / winery and archery, pistol, rifle and shotgun ranges.

In the past, we have had a lot of people miss the experience of a lifetime by not attending the annual SummerBlast. So we now hold the SummerBlast event in the heart of some of the best (and affordable) vacation places in the country. Plan to come for a week, visit Mammoth Caves National Park, the Corvette Museum, historic Bowling Green, and other various attractions and then spend Thursday, Friday and Saturday with us. Now.. What's your excuse for not attending this year? All I can say is it had better be a good one to miss this...   

Robert "Hunt Master" Householder - TalkHunting Founder

SummerBlast 2016 Recap

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2016 SB Fund Raising Results

We raised money by selling raffle tickets for 2 different raffles. Each raffle had quite a few items (20 to 30 items per raffle). We also sold TH, B4K and JT Lewis T-shirts. The raffle on Saturday night was also for B4K. We also had events sponsored by TH members to PayPal. No funds went to any TH people but we did have expenses (heavily discounted) at Rockcastle to pay.

Total Money Raised For B4K - $7,248.00        (2015 was just over $6000)

A big thank you to every TH member and sponsor that donated products for the auction and raffles


In January of 2016, we lost a dear member of our TalkHunting family when Sharon "Huntinggrandma" Warriner passed away from cancer. She was a regular attendee of SummerBlast and she was dearly missed this year. We dedicated the 2016 SummerBlast in her honor and showed our love for her with this year's T-shirts.


JT Lewis Concert:


Early arrivers waiting on the concert to start


JT in action!


Archery Tournament:


JT Lewis doing a little practice


Shooting the tournament    20 target 3D range


Long Distance Rifle Shoot:


Dave made the shot of the year! A 325 yard shot with a 1897 30-30 with open sights! (Different gun than the one pictured)


Having fun in the Kentucky heat!


Family Cornhole Tournament:

Throwing the bags!


Charity Auction:

(We had some AC problems but we rocked on through it!)


Maybe you can’t come to SummerBlast or you have no products to donate for the auction. If that is the case, a monetary donation helps just as well. I am not generally a beggar of money but this is my exception. This is a great cause and this child is counting on us to make their outdoor dream come true. If begging is what it takes, I beg. This project is very close to my heart and if you ever get to meet one of these kids, it would become close to your heart as well. Any donation amount helps. All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a tax deduction certificate in the mail shortly after the SummerBlast event in June.

 

JT Lewis will be performing a live concert at SummerBlast

Straight From Nashville, Tennessee...

JT Lewis will be performing at SummerBlast to help us raise money for B4k. The concert will start on Friday at 7:00 PM Central Time and will be a "Can't Miss" event. Admission will be free but donations will be asked for. JT is also going to donate all sales of CDs and T-shirts to the B4k fund!

 

JT's Website          Jumping in the deep end music video


 


Now let's take a look at the other attractions in the area. You can make this a great adventure for the whole family and just include the SummerBlast as a part of the adventure!


A letter from the TalkHunting Founder

The Goal of SummerBlast

While SummerBlast is designed to be a time for TalkHunting members to socialize, participate in activities and have a good time together, that is not our primary goal. Our primary goal is to raise funds for one of the best organizations I have ever worked with, Benefit for Kids. Here is an excerpt from their website that explains what they are all about.

“Benefit4Kids was founded in 1998 with its primary mission to grant the outdoor wishes of children with life threatening and life limiting illnesses. We also work to involve today's children in the outdoors and the many activities it offers them. Many of today's children are denied the opportunity to experience the outdoors because of costs, lack of available mentors and a limited amount of facilities offering an all around outdoor experience. Benefit4Kids works to help these children experience the outdoors through several children's programs. Benefit4Kids also works closely with several children's camps designed to work with injured and ill children. Instructors at these camps are experienced in medical procedures necessary to work with these children. They are also experienced in archery, camping, outdoor cooking, hiking, nature and many other facets of outdoor activities. In working with these and several other children's camps Benefit4Kids will continue to assist many less fortunate children enjoy our great outdoors and help them to learn the morals and family values that are so often lacking today.”

This group of selfless people put in a lot of time, energy and money into taking terminally ill and disabled kids into the great outdoors. An outdoors that many of us enjoy and generally take for granted. in 2015 TalkHunting raised over $6,000 to send Jacob on his dream fishing trip with Jimmy Houston. Jacob is an awesome kid with a great sense of humor. His quick wit and refreshing positive attitude made him a pure joy to be around last year. I felt honored to not only get to meet him but to be a small part in helping make his dream come true. This year it will be another child, with a different wish.

Last Year..

in 2016 we raised $7248 to help send a child on a caribou hunt in Alaska. I know that charities are always asking for donations but this particular request is to help a single child with a single dream. 100% of donations, minus the expenses we are being charged, will go to Benefit for Kids for a particular child’s dream. No TalkHunting staff member draws any pay. We donate our time and a lot of our own funds to hold this event. By donating, you will know that you are not just helping some big organization but will actually be helping one child experience the great outdoors in way he or she would never be able to experience without our help.

How can I help?  There are three ways you can help.

Come to SummerBlast
You can help by coming to SummerBlast and participating in the different activities. The most important activity is our Outdoor Auction. At this auction, many outdoor related items are donated and then auctioned off to attending participants. This event raises the bulk of our funds.

Donate to the auction
You can donate items for our auction. Any new or even slightly used product donations are welcome. Little or big, they all add up and all contribute to making a dream come true. Because this is the biggest part of SummerBlast, we are in great need of products to auction off. All product donations are tax deductible because they are being donated to Benefit for Kids, which is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. You will receive a tax deduction certificate in the mail shortly after the SummerBlast event in June. If you can find it in your heart to donate some items for auction, contact me at huntmaster@talkhunting.com

Donate money
Maybe you can’t come to SummerBlast or you have no products to donate for the auction. If that is the case, a monetary donation helps just as well. I am not generally a beggar of money but this is my exception. This is a great cause and this child is counting on us to make their outdoor dream come true. If begging is what it takes, I beg. This project is very close to my heart and if you ever get to meet one of these kids, it would become close to your heart as well. Any donation amount helps.

 

I hope that you will find it in your heart to help us in this worthy quest. Without your help, we are not able to accomplish this. This is a very worthy cause, it’s helping a child who faces unthinkable challenges every day. Put yourself in this child’s parent’s shoes for a few minutes. Think about what it will mean to them to see their child smile while enjoying what may be their only or even last outdoor dream come true. This is what we are put on this earth to do. As for me and my house, we are going to do everything we can to see this come to pass. Even if it means I have to beg a little….

 

Robert Householder

TalkHunting Founder