December 12, 2016

Buds Gun Shop & Range and Hickok45 raise money for Gatlinburg fire victims
– Buds matched donations up to $20,000 for Dollywood’s ‘My People Fund’ in Tennessee –

LEXINGTON, Kentucky – December 12, 2016 – Buds Gun Shop & Range of Lexington, which operates a retail store and shooting range in Sevierville, Tenn. near the Great Smoky Mountains, hosted a fundraiser last weekend for the Dollywood Foundation’s “My People Fund” to help Tennessee residents impacted by the recent Gatlinburg fires.  During the fundraiser, Buds Gun Shop & Range matched every donation to the My People Fund up to $20,000.

YouTube sensation Hickok45 and his son John were also at Buds in Tennessee last weekend to help in the fundraising efforts. Hickok45 currently has more than 2 million subscribers to his popular YouTube channel which features how-to videos, safety videos and firearm reviews. His  videos have been viewed more than 500 million times. Hickok45 gave away a brand new DP-12 double-barrel, double-magazine shotgun from Standard Manufacturing Co. valued at over $1,300 in a free drawing during the fundraising event at Buds Gun Shop & Range in Sevierville.

In Lexington, Buds Gun Shop & Range is supporting the efforts of Lexington Police by asking people to donate supplies or volunteer to travel to Gatlinburg to help with relief efforts. The “First Responders Gatlinburg Fire Relief Mission” is a group of Central Kentucky first responders who are traveling with volunteers to donate supplies to Tennessee first responders in the Gatlinburg area and their families. The trip is scheduled from December 16-18.

Lexington Police say if you would like to volunteer, you can attend an informational meeting behind the West Sector roll call at 1795 Old Frankfort Pike on December 12 at 6 p.m. You must be 18 to volunteer. If you can’t make the trip, police say you can donate items to any Lexington police facility until December 15.

Items needed are gift cards, rakes, shovels, tree-cutting equipment, work gloves, safety glasses, eye drops, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, air filter masks, first aid items, heavy-duty trash bags, and nonperishable snack items.

“Everyone in Sevier County knows someone impacted by the fires,” said Joe Murphy, CEO of Buds Gun Shop & Range. “We wanted to do something tangible for the Gatlinburg community and the people who live there. We know the My People Fund will have an immediate positive impact for those in need, so we matched all donations we received up to $20,000 – it was an easy way for people to double their giving.”

Dolly Parton announced the creation of the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, established by Parton, The Dollywood Company, Parton’s dinner theaters and The Dollywood Foundation, to provide $1,000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or

were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. In less than 36 hours, the fund already had raised more than $1 million, but the need is much greater.

Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County will be eligible. The first funds from the My People Fund will be distributed Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 19-20 at the LeConte Events Center in Pigeon Forge. One check per household per month will be issued.

Buds Gun Shop & Range operates the largest gun store and shooting range in Tennessee (Sevierville) and the largest gun store and shooting range in Kentucky (Lexington).

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