By Kyle Jillson | May 18 2012 17:31

NRA grant goes to Summit County Colorado 4-H club

Gwen Chermack, NRA Field Representative for Colorado sent us this great story about Friends of NRA giving a generous grant to a local 4-H club and shooting range in Summit County.

Summit County, Colorado - The Board of County Commissioners and members of the Summit County 4-H recently accepted two grant awards from the Central Rockies Friends of the NRA to make improvements to the public shooting range and to provide support to the 4-H Shooting and Archery programs. The grant awards were $12,000 and $4,500 respectively and will help the County and 4-H make improvements to facilities and provide education and supplies for the many enthusiasts around the county. The grants were provided from fundraising events held throughout the year by Friends of the NRA.

Friends of the NRA is a grassroots program that supports many community services related to firearms education, hunter safety, wildlife conservation, shooting range improvements, youth marksmanship, law enforcement, and other shooting sports interests. Working with NRA field representatives, the members and volunteers organize banquets in their communities, complete with auctions and special drawings. Much of the merchandise at the banquet is donated or provided at reduced cost by hundreds of participating vendors and half of the money raised each year by the Friends of the NRA banquet is donated back in the form of grants in the community it which it was held.

The County Commissioners have been focused on making improvements to the public shooting range to improve safety, cleanliness and opportunities for education. Earlier this year they formed a task force of interested community members and have been working toward design improvements to make the range a nicer place to enjoy shooting sports. Over 20 members of the public have met regularly for the past few months and are about to unveil a master plan to guide improvements over the next few years. Officers from Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (formerly Division of Wildlife) have also been participating and are committed to helping in the effort.

The Central Rockies Friends of the NRA will be holding their 13th annual banquet tomorrow, May 19, at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Doors open at 5:00 pm and tickets are $45 per person. There will be both silent and live auctions, raffles and games for chances to win over 30 firearms, including the gun of the year, a Benelli Ultra Light shotgun and many exclusive Friends of the NRA merchandise items.

Contact Annie Lindsey at (719) 389-4444 for more information or to buy your tickets.

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