Awards $5,000 in college scholarships from funds raised at Friends of NRA events

Half of all money raised at Friends of NRA events goes back to the states they originated from. Who decides what to do with that money? Special State Fund Committees. These groups appropriate grants to organizations all over the state to improve the local shooting sports. The new issue of Traditions Magazine has a great story about the Oregon State Fund Committee helping youth shooters reach for their dreams by awarding college scholarships.

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Traveling from the far corners of the state of Oregon, volunteers and committee members gathered for the annual Oregon Friends of NRA State Fund Committee meeting earlier this year. It was over casual conversation with members of the committee where an idea was generated to make an impact among the youth in Oregon.

It has been the mission of the Friends of NRA program and The NRA Foundation to look to the youth when determining how to allocate funds raised. We all know that the future of the shooting sports rests in the generation that always comes next. This is exactly why programs like 4H, junior ROTC, Youth Outdoor days and Youth Hunter Education Challenge (Y.H.E.C.) are among the most consistently supported by NRA Foundation grants.

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Funds raised at Friends of NRA events help hunting programs in every state

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt receives their NRA Foundation grants

NRA Foundation grants help a variety of programs across the nation. In addition to competitive shooting teams, money raised at Friends of NRA events also goes to preserving our hunting legacy. Here's a thank you from the San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt who was helped to its feet by one such grant a few years back.

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt Thanks The NRA Foundation
by Douglas Streed & Susan Bowers

As the San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt finishes its ninth year, we pause to reflect how we have grown and who has helped us along the way. The first big boost came in

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Generous NRA donation will help Michigan youth keep breaking clays

Upper Peninsula Youth Shotgun Sports Organization receives Friends of NRA grant in Michigan

Two weeks ago Friends of NRA made a very generous donation to the Upper Peninsula Youth Shotgun Sports Organization (UPYSSO) to promote and further the clay target shooting sports in Delta County.

The check, totaling almost $4,400, was presented by NRA Field Rep Al Herman during the Eastern Upper Peninsula Friends of NRA's annual banquet in Brimly, Michigan. This money will go a long way to helping the Delta County Crushers, a Scholastic Clay Target Progam (SCTP) shooting team, and is a great example of funds raised at Friends of NRA events going back into the local community.

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Money from Pennsylvania Friends of NRA events helps supply groups like the Millionaire Marksmen

Jonathan Bartley (center) poses with his father Seth Bartley (right) and Millionaire Marksmen club advisor Brian Soars (left), John Bartley, Seth Bartley.

Fairfax, Virginia - Since 2008 the Millionaire Marksmen has been a great shooting club in the Williamsport, Pennsylvania area. The student-run organization promotes engagement, involvement and mentorship in the community thanks to the collaborative efforts of teachers, school district administrators, community members and the Friends of NRA.

All ammunition students practice with is provided through generous Friends of NRA grants. Seeing as it's hard to have a marksmanship club without bullets, the club could not continue providing a safe, fun environment for junior shooters to hone their skills without the Friends of NRA's help.

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NRA Foundation grant helps West Virginia high school realize marksmanship dream

NRA grants help foster the shooting sports in local communities

Parkersburg, West Virginia - NRA Foundation grants help a number of people and programs. Out of these, one of the greatest benefits is supporting the shooting sports in local communities.

The Parkersburg South High School's Air Force Junior ROTC in Parkersburg, West Virginia is a great example. Two year ago the program became interested in starting a marksmanship team but had no available funds. After searching for options to help them realize their goal, officials finally put in for a NRA Foundation grant. The request fell into the hands of Steve DiBetta, chairman of the local Blennerhassett Friends of NRA committee, who did everything he could to help them out.

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Top Friends of NRA committee's chairman visits NRA headquarters from the last frontier

Denny Hamann and his wife Lori at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

Who is Denny Hamann? The chairman of the Alaska State Friends of NRA, Denny Hamann is one of the most dedicated Friends of NRA volunteers in the country. You could even say he's eaten, breathed, and slept NRA for the past several years.

Hailing from Wasilla, Alaska, Hamann is a pivotal piece of the puzzle for the Alaska State committee and Alaska Friends of NRA as a whole. And 'pivotal' really does justice considering how well he helped his committee in 2011.

This year the Alaska State Friends of NRA were recipients of the Most Outstanding Friends of NRA Committee Award, an honor granted to the committee who raised the most funds at a single Friends of NRA event. This was the first time Alaska State received the award and Hamann, who proudly accepted the award at the NRA Board Meetings last week, has high hopes they'll receive it again.

Nicole McMahon, our Senior Event Services Coordinator at NRA, was able to pull Hamann aside for a few minutes when he was in town and got to ask him a few questions about his history with the committee.

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Money from Colorado Friends of NRA events goes to local projects

Summit County, Colorado, officials attend a ribbon-cutting for the revamped shooting range thanks to the Friends of NRA
Photo courtesy Summit Daily / Paige Blankenbuehler

Last month the Summit County Shooting Range near Dillon, Colorado reopened to the public after undergoing a thorough renovation.

These renovations would not have been possible without the help of the Friends of NRA, who generously awarded the range with a grant to improve the facility.

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NRA grant goes to Summit County Colorado 4-H club

Gwen Chermack, NRA Field Representative for Colorado sent us this great story about Friends of NRA giving a generous grant to a local 4-H club and shooting range in Summit County.

Summit County, Colorado - The Board of County Commissioners and members of the Summit County 4-H recently accepted two grant awards from the Central Rockies Friends of the NRA to make improvements to the public shooting range and to provide support to the 4-H Shooting and Archery programs. The grant awards were $12,000 and $4,500 respectively and will help the County and 4-H make improvements to facilities and provide education and supplies for the many enthusiasts around the county. The grants were provided from fundraising events held throughout the year by Friends of the NRA.

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There's a new place for the public to shoot in Newton County

Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams has first shot at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Shotgun Range opening

NRAHuntersRights.org ran a story this morning about another Public Range Fund success story down in Georgia:

GA: New NRA-Funded Shotgun Range Opens

Mansfield, Georgia - Trap and skeet enthusiasts have a new range to visit now that the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC) Shotgun Range officially opened Tuesday, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division. 

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