Trooper Island Camp for underprivileged children gets boost from NRA
Fairfax, Virginia – A NRA Foundation grant has allowed Trooper Island Camp, a summer camp developed by the Kentucky State Police for underprivileged children, to purchase $2,700 worth of equipment for their shooting sports program.
“I can’t say enough about what this camp offers at-risk and disadvantaged kids across the state,” said John Larowe, Kentucky NRA Field Representative. “Many of the kids at Trooper Island have never had the opportunity to catch a fish or fire a gun before, and the camp provides a safe, fun and inspiring introduction to activities like these.”
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Can Friends of NRA raise $25,000 on Giving Tuesday? Not without you!
Fairfax, Virginia - This Tuesday, December 2 is #GivingTuesday, the global fundraising day dedicated to generosity and giving back during the holiday season.
After Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and before the rest of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is the opportunity to give back and help out. Friends of NRA and its volunteers work hard year-round to raise funds for the shooting sports and this Giving Tuesday they're challenging you to help in a BIG way. The goal? Raise $25,000 for the shooting sports in one day.
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Louisiana State University students help handicapped hunters get back in the field with The NRA Foundation
Fairfax, Virginia – The NRA Foundation is proud to support Louisiana State University’s Mobile Marksman Project, a system developed by the LSU Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Program to help high level quadriplegics to participate in the shooting sports. The nearly $2,200 grant funded the 2014 system, the team’s final design iteration.
Created in 2009, the Mobile Marksman Project is a manually-controlled shooting platform that allows handicapped hunters to aim and fire a mounted firearm with head-tracking software and a small tube that is activated with a puff of air. Capstone Design Instructor Capt. Dave Giurintano and the Mobile Marksman team worked with high-level quadriplegics to address system requirements and create a lightweight, portable system that is simple to use and enjoy. Recent additions include recoil-absorbing legs and a rail-mounted camera that displays the crosshairs and target on a high-resolution digital screen.
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Northern California Boy Scouts receive shotgun merit badge equipment from NRA Foundation grant
Fairfax, Virginia - Boy Scout Troop 1855 of Folsom, California, now has equipment for its shotgun merit badge program thanks to a NRA Foundation grant.
The troop, which formed in the 1990s through a group of parent volunteers, applied for the $8,500 grant to purchase shotguns, ammunition, clay targets, an electric thrower, and all the necessary safety equipment like eye and ear protection - in other words everything you need for some shotgun sports fun. Money for the grant was raised by members of the community at local Friends of NRA banquets, grassroots events for the shooting sports that bring firearms enthusiasts together for a night of fun, food, and fundraising.
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High school seniors receive financial aid for higher education thanks to The NRA Foundation
Fairfax, Virginia – The NRA Foundation is proud to announce the 15 beneficiaries of the Oregon Friends of NRA 2014 Youth Scholarship Program. Each high-achieving high school senior will receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue higher education.
“It is an honor to see these youth learn about our Second Amendment through this program and to see them develop an appreciation for the freedoms it allows,” Katie Jones, chair of Douglas County Friends of NRA, said about the recently awarded scholarships. “I honestly believe educating youth today is the best way to protect these rights for future generations of Americans to enjoy.”
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Safe, smart firearm storage to benefit shooting sports programs around the US
Fairfax, Virginia - SecureIt Tactical, manufacturers of modular, component-based firearms storage solutions, has donated 300 Falcon Fast Box gun safes, valued at $100,000, to NRA’s Law Enforcement Division and The NRA Foundation, America’s leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports.
“We are very excited to work with the NRA to promote our shared goals of safety, security and personal freedom,” said SecureIt Tactical President Tom Kubiniec. “While the Fast Box is quickly being adopted by firearms enthusiasts and law enforcement, everyday citizens concerned about personal safety and security benefit the most from our efficient and practical solution to firearm storage.”
Donated Falcon Fast Boxes will be made available at select Friends of NRA banquets this fall and funds raised are expected to exceed the donated value. Proceeds will be distributed to local, state, and national shooting sports programs through NRA Foundation grants. Additionally, Falcon Fast Boxes will be awarded as prizes for Law Enforcement competitions throughout the year.
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Win The NRA Foundation's Wall of Guns and bring home a firearm of your choice
Fairfax, Virginia - Wall of Guns, the popular NRA Foundation raffle you can find at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits and Friends of NRA banquets across the country, is coming to NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, this week.
Held in the NRA Café from 12pm-2pm Wednesday and Thursday, anyone and everyone is welcome to participate. That means you, your uncle, your neighbor, your orthopedic surgeon, NRA employees - anybody.
What is Wall of Guns, you ask? A ticket to enter costs $20. Once 50 tickets have been sold, sales are halted and a winner is drawn. Afterwards, all tickets are scrapped and the count to 50 starts all over again. If you win, you can choose to take home any gun on the wall. It's that simple.
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Funds to help pay for Girls, Guys and Guns Day and Junior Rifle Program
Shown accepting the $500 Grant Check are Franklin Revolver & Rifle Association members Don Richard, Charlotte Richard, Helen Swingle, Club President Chuck Hughes and Friends of NRA Chairperson Maria Alampi. - Photo from The News Advertiser
Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association hands out millions of dollars in grants every year. Some, of course, are bigger than others. The purpose of each grant is the same - to promote the shooting sports. Whether for ammo or guns or travel or range improvements, each dollar helps at least one shooter out there get that much better as their craft.
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$8,000 NRA Foundation Grant helps shooting sports in the Texas Panhandle
Dalhart, Texas - The Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Rifle Team of Dalhart, Texas, has recently benefited from Friends of NRA fundraising. On March 13, 2014, the local 4-H office received notification that the grant request submitted in November by a member of the Dallam Parent Leaders Association was approved by the Texas State Fund Committee and the Board of Trustees for the NRA Foundation, Inc.
Not only do these grants provide monetary support, but they also help to build valuable relationships within the shooting sports and Friend of NRA communities. Some valuable connections were made during the grant process this year at the local, state and national level. This year Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Rifle Team will receive a rifle and equipment valued at $8,343.21.
Under the instruction of Kelly McMurry and Martin Dettle of Dalhart, the Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Team, which competes in 3-position small-bore rifle, now has room to grow in numbers of participants and coaches. Our local team had one coach and seven members in 2013. We added a second coach earlier this year, and we hope to see our numbers continue to grow. The team will now have more equipment available for teaching and practicing and we hope it will have greater success in the upcoming district competition on May 9-10, 2014, in Amarillo.
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