Last night Tom Hughes and the NRA staff held a reception for the sponsors and VIPs of this year's championship in order to show appreciation for their support.
The Bianchi Cup is slowly growing, but no one person can make it succeed without the combined help of everyone. Sponsors, staff, volunteers and of course the competitors are all equally important in the championship being held.
Larry Potterfield, CEO and founder of title sponsor MidwayUSA, was in attendance and spoke to everyone about how we have the chance to do something great for the shooting sports. He reiterated how important it is for everyone to come together and help the championship grow.
Potterfield's vision is for the Bianchi Cup to one day attain widespread recognition and be the image of the shooting sports much like The Masters is for Golf or Daytona is for NASCAR.
Michael Talbott, known best for his role as Det. Stanley Switek on the '80s cop show Miami Vice, was another of the Bianchi Cup's supporters. A NRA Lifetime member, Talbott helped draw names for door prizes that included a Garmin GPS, iPhone, and a NRA Record Book personally autographed by Wayne LaPierre.
Pictured on the left next to Larry and Brenda Potterfield is Laura Steiner of the Columbia Convention & Visitor's Bureau, the very first sponsor of the Bianchi Cup. They have supported the championship each of the past 32 years and plan to continue being a major player into the future.
Special thanks to photographer Tam Adams for the photo.