Friends of NRA's honors top contributors of 2014 fundraising period

Friends of NRA Volunteers of the Year at the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting in Houston

Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce their 2014 Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year Award winners, sponsored by ArmaLite. These select volunteers made a remarkable impact on Friends of NRA in 2014 at both the local and regional levels. The loyalty and dedication of Friends of NRA’s volunteers throughout the United States have enabled the grassroots fundraising program to bring in more than $600 million in support of the shooting sports over its 23 year operational history.

“ArmaLite is proud to be the Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year sponsor,” said Tommy Thacker, President of ArmaLite.“We appreciate the generous time and resource commitment from these volunteers and are pleased to help recognize them for their outstanding service to our industry."

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Volunteer to help make the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits the best yet

Nashville, Tennessee - The NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits is our flagship event of the year, bringing tens of thousands of dedicated NRA members together to celebrate freedom and the Second Amendment. But this event would not be possible without the support and selfless service of dedicated NRA members like you. If you can spare a half-day or more to volunteer your time and assist your Association we would like to hear from you!

If you're making plans to join us this April 10-12 in Nashville for the 144th NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits, consider participating as an Official NRA Volunteer to help your fellow firearms enthusiasts have an incredible weekend while enjoying one of the most satisfying activities you can experience as an NRA member.

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Help out at one of 1,000 Friends of NRA banquets being held next year

Volunteer at a Friends of NRA banquet Fairfax, Virginia - Volunteers are the backbone of Friends of NRA. We would not be able to raise tens of millions of dollars for the shooting sports each year without the thousands of men and women who donate their time to put on 1,000 banquets across the country.

Now that the 2014 Friends of NRA season has come to a close, it's time to set our sights on 2015... which is coming up pretty fast. If you've volunteered to help out Friends of NRA before or want to contribute for the first time, we're looking for people who are all about fun, food, firearms, and fundraising.

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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Help pass America's shooting sports heritage to the next generation with Friends of NRA

Friends of NRA Volunteers of the Year at the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting in Houston

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

2013 Friends of NRA Volunteers of the Year being honored at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis

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, fundraising.

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

John Madden named Friends of NRA 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

Friends of NRA Southern Region Volunteers of the Year Gary and Pat Graef

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

Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year Patty Cattoor

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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