Help pass America's shooting sports heritage to the next generation with Friends of NRA
Fairfax, Virginia - Each year Friends of NRA, the grassroots fundraising program, shatters its old annual record for monies raised. Tens of millions of dollars from all across the United States are donated year after year to help youth shooting sports, range development, women's instructional shooting, firearm safety courses, hunter training programs, and so much more.
And none of it would be possible without the thousands of volunteers who donate their time to the program.
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Who were the top volunteers in Friends of NRA's record-breaking 2013 season
Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce their 2013 Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year recipients, recognizing outstanding efforts for the grassroots fundraising program at the local and regional levels.
Area Volunteers of the Year, selected by NRA Field Representatives, were evaluated on a number of criteria including banquet tickets sold, underwriting received and years of service. Recipients were awarded a ‘2013 Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year’ jacket along with special recognition from their NRA Field Representative.
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Lend a hand to one of the 1,100 Friends of NRA banquets being held next year
Fairfax, Virginia - Volunteers are the backbone of Friends of NRA. Thanks to the thousands of men and women who donate their time each year, Friends of NRA continues to shatter fundraising records year after year and can increase its support of the shooting sports.
With only two events left in the 2013 Friends of NRA season, it's time to start thinking about next year... which is right around the corner. If you've volunteered in the past and had a great time, or are interested in helping out for the first time, we're looking for people who are all about fun, food, firearms,
Signing up to volunteer is easy! You can do it online, from the comfort of your home, right here on the Friends of NRA website.
If you've ever been to a Friends of NRA event, you know our volunteers are some of the most dedicated, hard-working,
and enthusiastic people in America. From selling
banquet tickets to hanging flyers, working games or
seeking sponsorships and donations, volunteers tackle every task with the
knowledge that they are helping secure our Second Amendment freedoms for
generations to come.
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Reno, Nevada's John Madden is Friends of NRA's Western Region Volunteer of the Year
Fairfax, Virginia - Our last Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year comes to us from out west; Nevada to be specific. Sporting nearly two decades of work with Friends of NRA, John Madden of Reno, Nevada is the 2012 Western Region Volunteer of the Year.
Madden, who currently serves on both the Reno/Sparks and Modesto Friends of NRA committees, raised more than $190,000 over the course of last year's banquet season. But his involvement with the shooting sports goes well beyond underwriting, selling banquet tickets and soliciting sponsorships and donations. John spends as many weekends as possible promoting Friends of NRA at area gun shows. In 2012 he attended 18 throughout Nevada and California.
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Gary and Pat Graef of North Fort Myers, Florida are the Friends of NRA Southern Region Volunteers of the Year
Fairfax, Virginia - This year's Friends of NRA Southern Region Volunteer of the Year is actually a twofer. Husband and wife duo Gary and Pat Graef of North Fort Myers, Florida are an inseparable pair who have earned the award together thanks to their tireless work for Friends of NRA and the future of the shooting sports.
Continuing the theme of twos, the Graefs serve as acting chairman and treasurer on both the Charlotte Harbor Friends of NRA and Greater Fort Myers Area Friends of NRA committees. In 2012 the team raised more than $58,500 through banquet tickets sales, sponsorships, underwriting, and donations.
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Patty Cattoor of Colorado is the Friends of NRA Mid West Region Volunteer of the Year
Fairfax, Virginia - Mrs. Cattoor calls Delta, Colorado home, where she serves as treasurer of the Black Canyon Friends of NRA committee and chairwoman of the Colorado State Friends of NRA committee. Volunteering her time for 17 years, Patty recently raised more than $75,000 last year between her banquet tickets sold, sponsorships, underwriting, and donations.
Started in 1996, the Black Canyon Friends of NRA is one of our smaller, but still critical, committees. Over their 17 year history 2,450 attendees have passed through their doors, raising nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the shooting sports. The Colorado State Friends of NRA committee, started in 2012, is the baby of the family. With only one event to their name, they have brought in $17,000 between the 160 attendees at last year's banquet.
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NRA Volunteer Spreads the Life-Saving Message of the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program
Colorado Springs, Colorado - NRA Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. We have professional shooters who teach basic shooting, retired collectors who work at the museum and concerned citizens like Gene Johnson who spread the word about the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program ... and he does so in a very unique manner.
Dressed as Buffalo Bill Cody, Mr. Johnson attends events like Territory Days in Old Colorado City to pass out Eddie Eagle materials to families in attendance. Here's more from this year's Territory Days:
An estimated attendance of 150,000 turned out for the annual Memorial Day 2013 event in Colorado Springs. Gene Johnson gave three performances as Colonel William F. ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody and distributed over 900 NRA Eddie Eagle ‘Parents Guide to Gun Safety’, as well as over a thousand Eddie Eagle Coloring Books and Comic Books to parents and their kids.
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William Shank is Friends of NRA's Eastern Region Volunteer of the Year
Fairfax, Virginia - Receiving a Friends of NRA Area Volunteer of the Year award is a great honor among the thousands of people who lend their time to the grassroots fundraising organization. Even greater still is to be named a Region Volunteer of the Year. These individuals are chosen from the pool of Area recipients by senior NRA staff for their exceptional contributions - a best of the best if you will.
NRAblog will be highlighting the winners from the five Friends of NRA regions - Eastern, Central, Mid West, Southern, Western - beginning with the Eastern region's William Shank.
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