Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Iowa, North Carolina, Oregon and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Now that Friends of NRA banquets have returned for a new year, it's time to see what's scheduled to go down across the United States over the next few days.

Like last year, there are about 1,100 Friends of NRA dinners planned for 2014. Each one is driven by and and put on with the help of our dedicated volunteers. We wouldn't be able to do this without all of the men and women who donate their time to the continuation of our shooting heritage. All money raised at banquets goes right back into supporting the shooting sports. Half of the funds go towards national programs and half into local and state programs where the banquet was held.

The season has just begun and there are plenty of opportunities to attend an event this year. Check the Friends of NRA website for a list of upcoming events in your state.

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Support the NRA at dinners in Illinois, Iowa, and Oregon

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - It's back! Friends of NRA banquet season has begun anew with its 2014 campaign. Thanks to NRA Event Marketing and Communications Manager Nicole McMahon, here are your upcoming banquets over the next few days.

Friends of NRA had quite the year in 2013, raising a record amount of money for shooting sports programs across the United States. Not to rest on its laurels, Friends of NRA is aiming to break that record this year and bring in even more money to preserve our shooting heritage. The 2014 Friends of NRA banquet season features dozens of great new items that we'll be highlighting in the coming weeks, including the 2014 Gun of the Year - guns, in fact: a pair of Colt pistols.

At Friends of NRA events, you can find friendly, generous people who gather out of their love of the Second Amendment to raise money for the shooting sports. Here, you'll find unique, collectible NRA gear that attendees can win in raffles and games, or bid for in auctions.

Don't see a banquet near you on the list below? Select your state on the Friends of NRA map and see what's coming your way.

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NRA's grassroots fundraising program for the shooting sports eclipses 2012 effort

Kings County Friends of NRA's original committee

Fairfax, Virginia - Finishing off my list for the top stories of 2014, there is no doubt that that honor should go to Friends of NRA. Formed in 1992, Friends of NRA has been raising money in support of shooting sports programs all over the country for 21 years. They've made my lists before, and they've made it again for having yet another record-setting year.

If it seems like Friends of NRA is always breaking records that's because they are. … more on Friends of NRA's record year in 2013 ...

Chicks with Guns artbook and pistol package prove popular at Friends of NRA events

Mike Davis, Southern California and Southern Nevada Field Representative, shares a cool story about a popular Friends of NRA auction package thought up on the west coast.

Friends of NRA Chicks With Guns Scott and Ramona Lee, co-chairs of the North County Friends of NRA fundraiser held in Vista, Cal., each May, are always looking for creative ways to spice up and add interest to their ever-growing fundraising event. Last year they outdid themselves with an idea that eventually spread like wildfire across the entire southern California area.

Ramona had come across a very interesting and beautifully photographed hardback book entitled “Chicks With Guns,” by Lindsay McCrum. In this book, McCrum creates a cultural portrait of women gun owners in America through photographs that are both beautiful and, in a sense, unexpected. The book examines issues of self-image and gender through the visual conventions of portraiture and fashion, but guns are presented here not as superimposed props but as the very personal lifestyle accessories of the subjects portrayed. And the book defies stereotypes often associated with aspects of the popular culture of both guns and women.

Like the 15-20 million women gun owners in this country, the women we meet in “Chicks with Guns” (their portraits are accompanied by their own words), reside in all regions of the country, come from all levels of society and participate seriously in diverse shooting activities. The women here are sportswomen, hunters and competition shooters. Some use guns on their jobs and some for self-defense. In these photographs they all look beautiful, exuding honesty, confidence, poise, power and pride. They are real women with real guns that play a part in their lives. By focusing her camera respectfully on this particular aspect of the American scene—gun-wielding women and girls—McCrum sheds new light on who we are in America today.

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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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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - The 2013 season of Friends of NRA banquets is all but complete. Just two dinners remain to finish the record year of fundraising we've experienced.

In September we announced that Friends of NRA had raised $30 million for the shooting sports, already surpassing the amount raised in 2012 - the previous record. We are excited to see the final number for this great year once the final banquets have been held.

Friends of NRA owes its continued success to all the hard working volunteers throughout the United States. Without their support, the fundraising effort would be reduced to a handful of banquets instead of the 1,100 held throughout the year.

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Join the national celebration of our great tradition of generosity on #GivingTuesday

Support the NRA Foundation on #GivingTuesday

Fairfax, Virginia - Whether through volunteering your time or attending a banquet, the support of your local Friends of NRA program is one of the best ways of giving to The NRA Foundation, America's leading charity in support of the shooting sports.

Today marks the global gift giving initiative known as #GivingTuesday. After last week's day of giving thanks and two days of shopping deals, #GivingTuesday is a day to give back to the people who matter.

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Support the NRA and the future of the shooting sports at a Friends of NRA dinner

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Thanks to the NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager, Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA banquets coming up this next week.

At Friends of NRA banquets are full of great people who support the Second Amendment and want to raise money for local, state and national shooting sports programs. Each event is run by our absolutely dedicated volunteers. Without their help, Friends of NRA would not be able to have such reach across the country or make as much of an impact on the future of our shooting sports heritage as we do today.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, Idaho, South Carolina, and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Thanks to the NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager, Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA banquets coming up this next week.

At Friends of NRA banquets are full of great people who support the Second Amendment and want to raise money for local, state and national shooting sports programs. Each event is run by our absolutely dedicated volunteers. Without their help, Friends of NRA would not be able to have such reach across the country or make as much of an impact on the future of our shooting sports heritage as we do today.

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