Operation Cherrybend a success


A large and enthusiastic crowd packed the Murphy Saturday evening.


Courtesy photos | Operation Cherrybend

From left are Jerry Shaffer, Jared Ashley, Daniel Dean, Josh Sams, pro wrestling star Ted DiBiase Jr., Chuck Georges, Harold Overstreet, Jason Koger and Sal Gonzalez.


Courtesy photos | Operation Cherrybend

Local veterans Josh Sams and Larry Draughn along with Molly Boland (plus a four-legged friend) enjoy the annual hunt at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm that preceded the concert to honor veterans headlined by Lonestar held at the Murphy Theatre Saturday night. Founded by Nashville recording artist, US Navy veteran and Flight Deck Veterans Group founder Jared Ashley — who again performed Saturday night — and Cherrybend’s Ellis Family, the event is meant to thank our nation’s wounded veterans and spread awareness for veterans issues, especially the fact that 22 veterans take their own lives each day.


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The members of the country group Lonestar with Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth and his wife, Nancy.


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Lonestar performed a full set, including their nine number-one singles.


Courtesy photos | Operation Cherrybend

Sgt. Major Harold Overstreet, USMC, who emceed the Saturday concert, with Diana Allen at the veterans hunt.


Courtesy photos | Operation Cherrybend

A large and enthusiastic crowd packed the Murphy Saturday evening.

From left are Jerry Shaffer, Jared Ashley, Daniel Dean, Josh Sams, pro wrestling star Ted DiBiase Jr., Chuck Georges, Harold Overstreet, Jason Koger and Sal Gonzalez.

Local veterans Josh Sams and Larry Draughn along with Molly Boland (plus a four-legged friend) enjoy the annual hunt at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm that preceded the concert to honor veterans headlined by Lonestar held at the Murphy Theatre Saturday night. Founded by Nashville recording artist, US Navy veteran and Flight Deck Veterans Group founder Jared Ashley — who again performed Saturday night — and Cherrybend’s Ellis Family, the event is meant to thank our nation’s wounded veterans and spread awareness for veterans issues, especially the fact that 22 veterans take their own lives each day.

The members of the country group Lonestar with Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth and his wife, Nancy.

Lonestar performed a full set, including their nine number-one singles.

Sgt. Major Harold Overstreet, USMC, who emceed the Saturday concert, with Diana Allen at the veterans hunt.

A large and enthusiastic crowd packed the Murphy Saturday evening.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Murphy-crowd.jpgA large and enthusiastic crowd packed the Murphy Saturday evening. Courtesy photos | Operation Cherrybend

From left are Jerry Shaffer, Jared Ashley, Daniel Dean, Josh Sams, pro wrestling star Ted DiBiase Jr., Chuck Georges, Harold Overstreet, Jason Koger and Sal Gonzalez.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Jerry-Shaffer-Jared-Ashley-Daniel-Dean-Josh-Sams-Ted-DiBiase-Jr.-Chuck-Georges-Sergeant-Major-Overstreet-Jason-Koger-Sal-Gonzalez-Eagle-Carving-Demo.jpgFrom left are Jerry Shaffer, Jared Ashley, Daniel Dean, Josh Sams, pro wrestling star Ted DiBiase Jr., Chuck Georges, Harold Overstreet, Jason Koger and Sal Gonzalez. Courtesy photos | Operation Cherrybend

Local veterans Josh Sams and Larry Draughn along with Molly Boland (plus a four-legged friend) enjoy the annual hunt at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm that preceded the concert to honor veterans headlined by Lonestar held at the Murphy Theatre Saturday night. Founded by Nashville recording artist, US Navy veteran and Flight Deck Veterans Group founder Jared Ashley — who again performed Saturday night — and Cherrybend’s Ellis Family, the event is meant to thank our nation’s wounded veterans and spread awareness for veterans issues, especially the fact that 22 veterans take their own lives each day.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Josh-Sams-Larry-Draughn-Molly-BolandPhoto-Oct-05-11-20-21.jpgLocal veterans Josh Sams and Larry Draughn along with Molly Boland (plus a four-legged friend) enjoy the annual hunt at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm that preceded the concert to honor veterans headlined by Lonestar held at the Murphy Theatre Saturday night. Founded by Nashville recording artist, US Navy veteran and Flight Deck Veterans Group founder Jared Ashley — who again performed Saturday night — and Cherrybend’s Ellis Family, the event is meant to thank our nation’s wounded veterans and spread awareness for veterans issues, especially the fact that 22 veterans take their own lives each day. Courtesy photos | Operation Cherrybend

The members of the country group Lonestar with Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth and his wife, Nancy.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Lonestar-with-Wilmington-Mayor-John-Stanforth-and-wife-Nancy-Photo-Oct-07-19-50-02.jpgThe members of the country group Lonestar with Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth and his wife, Nancy. Courtesy photos | Operation Cherrybend

Lonestar performed a full set, including their nine number-one singles.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Lonestar19-_DSC6762.jpgLonestar performed a full set, including their nine number-one singles. Courtesy photos | Operation Cherrybend

Sgt. Major Harold Overstreet, USMC, who emceed the Saturday concert, with Diana Allen at the veterans hunt.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Sergeant-Major-Overstreet-Diana-AllenPhoto-Oct-05-11-05-06.jpgSgt. Major Harold Overstreet, USMC, who emceed the Saturday concert, with Diana Allen at the veterans hunt. Courtesy photos | Operation Cherrybend
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