Country singer and businessman Tim Montana announced on Friday (October 8th) he has a total of $264,867 for various non-profit military organizations.
The funds were raised through Montana’s Tim Montana & Friends American Thread Sporting Clays Shoot, which took place this week at Nashville Gun Club. The military charities receiving funds are Special Ops Xcursions and the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. Montana notably had some help from other country stars, including Michael Ray and Tyler Farr.
Tim Montana’s fundraiser doubled the amount raised in its first year and reportedly brought together a “staggering” number of supporters who put up with rain and competed on the sporting clays course.
Speaking about the event’s success, Tim Montana shared, “I’m incredibly grateful to all of our supporters that put so much into making this happen. I can’t wait for next year, I have a feeling it’s going to be even bigger and better!”
According to Tim Montona, Special Ops Xcursions provides active-duty service members, their teams, and families with outdoor adventures. Meanwhile, the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
Tim Montana Sought to Help Military Members With PTSD After Seeing ‘American Sniper’
During a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, Tim Montana revealed that he was inspired to help military service members who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. This was after he saw the 2017 American Sniper, which was the story about U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
Tim Montana revealed that he contacted Gibson Guitars with his creative idea to honor Kyle’s legacy. “I called Gibson and said, ‘What if we make a Chris Kyle guitar? I don’t know how it’s going to help, but…’ and they were like, ‘OK.’”
Tim Montana and Gibson made a red, white, and blue Les Paul which had Kyle’s Punisher skull logo on it. Montana and Gibson, along with the Chris Kyle Memorable Benefit auctioned the guitar to raise funds from the Guardian of Heroes Foundation. The guitar was sold for $117,500.
The Gibson Foundation also helped commission a hand-carved custom-made guitar with Kyle’s logo. It also has a spent shell from one of his missions. “Last year, it was a 10 to $15,000 guitar. And this one, being a one-off, it could be worth $50,000,” Tim Montana further explains. “Especially with all the war relics in there.”
Montana went on to add that while Kyle’s name may bring up a lot of controversies, the U.S. SEAL saved a lot of Americans’ lives by being there. “We celebrate that, and we raise money to continue doing good things in his name.”