By Kyle Jillson | December 12 2012 17:02

Friends of NRA's 20th anniversary wraps up where it began - Missouri

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA closes the door on 2012 this week as it's last banquet of the year is being held in Wardsville, Missouri this Friday.

Friends of NRA, the multi-million dollar grassroots fund-raising program, turned 20 this year and is concluding its year-long celebration in nearly the same place it began. Brainstormed between NRA's Wayne Sheets and MidwayUSA's Larry Potterfield at the 1992 NRA Annual Meetings in Salt Lake City, the first banquet was held at MidwayUSA headquarters in Columbia, Missouri.

For the past two decades, all proceeds raised at Friends of NRA events have gone back into local, state and national programs as charitable and educational grants. From range improvements to conservation scholarships, Friends of NRA furthers our heritage by providing opportunities for firearm enthusiasts to enjoy their sport. The program is an amazing thing people can be proud to take part in. It does a lot of good for our country.

Everything may be headed for a break during the holiday season, but we're hitting the reset button January 1 and have about 1,200 events headed at you in 2013. Don't forget that an all new season of banquets means all new merchandise.

For those of you new to the NRA, Friends of NRA, or even you veterans out there, it isn't too early to start planning for what's in your area next year. Select your state on the Friends of NRA website, contact your NRA Field Representative and see what's on the schedule for 2013.

Friends events are great occasions to get together with other NRA supporters and help raise money for the shooting sports in a fun environment. Auctions, raffles, games, you name it, there's a lot that goes on at a Friends of NRA event and you don't want to miss out.

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