Friends of NRA's 2014 event season ending in Missouri

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - This is it. After nearly 1,000 events across all 50 states, we've reached the end of the 2014 Friends of NRA banquet season.

The final banquet will be held next Thursday, December 11 in Wardsville, Missouri.

We're expecting another great year for the grassroots program that strives to help our shooting sports traditions. Friends of NRA's continued success is all thanks to its dedicated volunteers throughout the United States. Without their support to organize, advertise, and run each and every banquet, the fundraising effort would be reduced to a handful of events - far below the nearly 1,000 held this year.

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Trooper Island Camp for underprivileged children gets boost from NRA

Trooper Island Camp Kentucky State Police

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!

Friends of NRA Giving Tuesday 2014

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

NRA Foundation Funds Louisiana State University Mobile Marksman Project

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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Baron Engraving and GASTON J. GLOCK style support the future of the shooting sports

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia — The National Rifle Association is proud to announce Baron Engraving and GASTON J. GLOCK style LP as 2014 Defender Sponsors of Friends of NRA. Created in 2011, the National Corporate Sponsor program takes Friends of NRA’s support of the shooting sports to a national scale.

“There has never been a more important time in the history of our country for corporations to step up and support the NRA and help preserve the firearm freedoms of this great nation,” said President of Baron Technology David Baron.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Alaska, California, Illinois and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Straight from the NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager, Nicole McMahon, here's an update on the Friends of NRA banquets coming up this next week.

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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Northern California Boy Scouts receive shotgun merit badge equipment from NRA Foundation grant

Boy Scout Troop 1855 in Folsom, California, with their 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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Attend a Friends of NRA banquet and help the shooting sports in Florida, Indiana, Washington, and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA banquets have brought Second Amendment supporters together for more than 20 years now under one goal: ensuring the future of America's shooting sports.

With more than 1,000 banquets being held annually by dedicated volunteers, the funds raised at Friends of NRA banquets make a real difference. Half of all money raised at a banquet goes right back into grants for local shooting sports programs and the other half supports programs with a national scope. Besides all the good they do, Friends of NRA banquets are a whole lot of fun.

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High school seniors receive financial aid for higher education thanks to The NRA Foundation

Friends of NRA

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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