By Lars Dalseide | January 22 2011 13:53

The Journal News in southern New York details the significance of Friends of NRA Banquets and NRA grants:

Friends of NRA Banquets are much more than get-togethers for sportsmen

When the hunting seasons come to a close and most fishing seasons are months away, some of the main attractions to sportsmen in the region are annual banquets hosted by local organizations.

For years I was a guest of the Sportsmen's Club of Northern Westchester, when it held its annual game dinner at the Westmoreland Sanctuary in Bedford Corners. I found the banquet hosted by the Croton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited to be a convivial gathering of anglers and their guests. The Friends of the NRA dinners in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties are other options. My visit to a Ducks Unlimited dinner in Armonk was another affair that a sportsman could annually pencil into his winter calendar. The evenings are special because they bring sportsmen together to enjoy each other's company, feast on more food than they really should try to put down in one sitting, and participate in raffles and silent auctions that can bring them sporting gear, dream trips and other special rewards.

The purpose of these evenings, as enjoyable as they may be, is not all about fun and games. They are fundraisers, and much of the money raised, even by chapters of national organizations, finds its way back to local projects.

The Friends of the NRA banquets, for example, return a percentage of the moneys raised as grants to local sportsmen's clubs for projects. Local clubs have made significant improvements to their facilities through NRA grants funded by such banquets.

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