By Kyle Jillson | December 28 2011 16:25

Kyle's Story #3 from 2011 - Friends of NRA's successful first season

Matt and Jessie Duff - Hosts of the Friends of NRA television showLast year Friends of NRA took the plunge onto the small screen, debuting a television show of the same namesake on the Outdoor Channel.

Hosted by professional shooter Jessie Harrison and retired Major League Baseball player Matt Duff, the two traveled across the United States, exploring the ins and outs of the grassroots fund-raising program.

Friends of NRA banquets are quite the experience to see and no two across the country are the same as Matt and Jessie experienced. Headed up by a tireless NRA Field Representative who helps conduct the committee staff and volunteers, each banquet may have its own unique style and variation in the items which are auctioned off, but one common theme connects them all – support for NRA and the Second Amendment. 

Created in 1992 with help from MidwayUSA's own Larry Potterfield, Friends of NRA has grossed over $400,000,000 to provide grants for programs that allow people to exercise their Second Amendment rights through firearms education classes, construction and maintenance of shooting ranges, various youth programs and so much more. Over 14,000 events have seen more than 2.5 million attendees come through their doors to raise money for the NRA Foundation

This Friends of NRA show sought to highlight not just how the money Friends of NRA raises is given back to both local communities and nationwide, but profile the tireless NRA staff and banquet attendees to see what truly makes a person a friend of NRA. 

Starting at the 2010 NRA Annual Meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina, the show took Matt and Jessie to events like black bear hunting with a Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year winner in Whittier, Alaska, the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri, and the Youth Education Summit here in Washington, D.C.

The show was a big success for NRA and was a lot of fun to watch. Don't miss the premiere of its second season this Sunday, January 1, on the Outdoor Channel at 10:00 PM EST.

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