Pennsylvania's capital comes out strong to raise money for the future of the shooting sports

NRA Foundation banquet at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Food, fun, and fundraising. That's what the NRA Foundation advertises for its more than 1,000 Friends of NRA banquets held throughout the United States each year. And that was exactly what guests got at last night's inaugural NRA Foundation Banquet at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

A precursor of what to expect at the National NRA Foundation Banquet & Auction at this year's NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis, last night's banquet featured the all new 2014 Friends of NRA merchandise package along with a few extra special items you wouldn't find anywhere else.

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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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Tickets now on sale for NRA Foundation Banquet in Harrisburg, PA

NRA Foundation banquet at Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Fairfax, Virginia - This winter's Great American Outdoor Show, presented by Outdoor Channel, keeps getting better and better. We're proud to announce that the show will now include a NRA Foundation Banquet on Friday evening, February 7, 2014.

Tickets to the inaugural banquet are now on sale and can be found at http://www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org/events/nra-foundation-banquet.aspx.

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NRA scholarship for female conservation enthusiasts now accepting applications

Former scholarship winner Melissa A Stevens

Fairfax, Virginia - If you're a young lady enrolled in a college wildlife management or conservation program, you can receive financial aid from the National Rifle Association.

Established in 2005 by the NRA’s Women’s Policies Committee and administered through The NRA Foundation, the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship is dedicated to assisting women looking for careers in conservation.

Previous winners of the scholarship have shown a devotion to a future in wildlife conservation, have had extensive field work and have been active with outdoor organizations.

Interested? Scholarship applicants must be full-time female college juniors or seniors majoring in wildlife management/conservation who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. If you're a past scholarship winner, you can reapply for even more aid! Check out the criteria, supporting materials, general information and the link for the online application at http://wwmcs.nra.org/.

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Apply now for NRA Foundation grants to support educational shooting sports programs

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt receives their NRA Foundation grants

Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA Foundation, the country's leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports, has begun accepting applications for its 2014 grant cycle.

Since its creation in 1990, the NRA Foundation has given more than $210 million to assist shooting sports-related programs with developing, expanding, and enhancing their educational curricula to deliver valuable services to millions of Americans. The NRA Foundation supports these organizations to ensure the continuation of our country's proud shooting and hunting heritage.

Here's where you come in. Does your organization need new equipment, materials, or wants to make renovations? Go to the NRA Foundation's website and apply for a grant.

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Gets twofer helping NRA Foundation grant recipients and crowning new Miss Montana

NRA Foundation CFO Rick Tedrick judges 2013 Miss Montana pageant

Glendive, Montana - For more than 25 years, Rick Tedrick, CFO of the NRA Foundation, has been involved with judging the Miss America pageant. Beginning with local pageants in Maryland where he worked for Ernst & Young - who audits the pageant - Tedrick has remained involved nationally despite his demanding job here at the NRA.

"It would almost be easier to list the states I haven't judged in," Tedrick says with a chuckle.

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From the NRA Foundation - Cheaper Than Dirt! Donates $500,000 to The NRA Foundation

Cheaper Than Dirt! logo Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA Foundation announced that Cheaper Than Dirt! has donated $500,000 to The NRA Foundation to strengthen hunting and shooting programs across the country.

“Cheaper Than Dirt! is a fantastic partner and we are thankful for their investment to sustain and grow our wide range of public service programs dedicated to supporting firearm safety and education. ,” said NRA Foundation Trustee Wayne LaPierre. “Now more than ever, we need to do everything we can to preserve this sacred American freedom.”

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NRA Foundation Banquet brings thrills to thousands in Houston

Thousands gather in the Hilton Americas-Houston Grand Ballroom for the NRA Foundation Banquet in Houston

Houston, Texas - On the first night of the NRA Convention in Houston, a few NRA members got together for a meal. Correction ... a few thousand NRA Members got together for a meal. A meal and an auction. The National NRA Foundation Banquet.

A tough ticket no matter what the political environment, the NRA Foundation Banquet serves two primary purposes; a welcome and a fundraising. Winning a few games, guns and auctions is just the icing on the cake.

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Contribution to Shooting Endowment brings down prices and improves conditions

NRA Competitive Shooting Endowment Fairfax, Virginia - NRA's Competitive Shooting & National Championships Endowment was established back in 2007 by then NRA President John Sigler. Once fully funded, the endowment will allow the National Rifle Association to do a number of things including lower entry fees, improving facilities and adding to the prize table.

How important is it? Important enough that NRA employees have been making contributions since day one.

"I believe in this program and write a check to the endowment every year," said NRA Competitive Shooting Director Dennis Willing. "And I started doing that before I started working here."

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