During this year's banquet season, Friends of NRA has officially reached the milestone of having grossed $400 million from their events since the program's inception in 1992. Additionally, they have now drawn a total of 2.5 million attendees to their events in this same time period.
“Reaching these goals would not have been possible without all the hard work of everyone involved in Friends of NRA,” said Kyle Weaver, Managing Director of Field Operations. “The support we receive from our volunteers and attendees provides grants for thousands of recipients across the United States. We thank everyone who contributed, donated and volunteered their time these past 19 years and for helping make Friends of NRA into what it is today.”
Friends of NRA takes all the money raised at its events and equally divides it between local and national projects — with local projects being selected from the region the money was raised in. State Fund Committees distribute the local monies based on grant applications while The NRA Foundation funds the projects running on a national scope.
“It is through the money raised by Friends of NRA that we have supported worthy projects including youth education, firearm training, range development, and conservation efforts across the country for nearly two decades,” said John DaSilva, National Manager of Events and Marketing. “Protecting our shooting heritage and traditions for future generations is a goal we encourage everyone to support.”
Friends of NRA fosters community involvement, raises money, and gives 100 percent of the net proceeds to qualified local, state, and national programs. NRA field staff and thousands of volunteers nationwide make Friends of NRA possible by organizing committees and planning events in their communities. Visit the Friends of NRA website to learn more about the program and to find a banquet near you.