What is SummerBlast?
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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!
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
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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 -
SummerBlast 2016 Recap
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pictures and read or make comments,
2016 SB Fund
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 -
(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!
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!
(We had some AC problems but we rocked on
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.
will be performing a live concert at SummerBlast
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
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
The Goal of
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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….