Fairfax, Virgnia - Most people only see one side of the Friends of NRA program — the side that brings together a collection of local Second Amendment supporters for an evening of games, auctions, drawings and a meal. That's when they discover that the doctor down the street, the architect in their office building or their kids soccer coach is part of the NRA experience too. On those nights, the are told that half the money raised at the event goes to local shooting sports activities.
But they don't always see the end result. Until now ...
Thanks to those who share one evening a year with the NRA, valuable programs like Wounded Warriors, National Archery in the Schools, and Scholastic Pistol teams now have funding, equipment and facilities to help make sure that the great American tradition of shooting sports alive and well.
Here are a few examples.
- $9,314 raised at a Price County Friends of NRA event in Wisconsin went to purchase a trap thrower, firearms, and miscellaneous equipment for Purple Heart Heroes - a program at Camp Hackett that teaches combat wounded Purple Heart recipients how to properly use and shoot a shotgun. Part of the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation, Purple Heart Heroes provides our veterans with "the opportunity to participate in world-class outdoor sporting activities in small groups over the course of 2 to 3 days in order to provide peer-to-peer interaction among those with similar experiences."
- $48,000 from a collection of Wyoming Friends of NRA events paid for the completion of the Niobrara County Shooting Sports new shooting sports building in the south west corner of the Niobrara County Fair Grounds.
- Tyler Consolidated High School in Sistersville, West Virginia is one of the latest school to join the National Archery in the Schools program. Thanks to an NRA Foundation grant, the school will have compound bows, arrows, and targets for next fall's competition.
- The Missouri Scholastic Pistol Team known as the "Arnold Junior Shooters" received more than $13,000 in NRA grants. Thanks to those grants, pistols, ammunition and more was purchased for the kids as they continue to develop their skills in this much heralded Olympic sport.
Created in 1992, Friends of NRA fosters community involvement to raise money for local, state, and national shooting sports programs. Monies raised at Friends of NRA banquets go to The NRA Foundation, the nation’s largest charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Shooting sports like Wounded Warrior in Wisconsin, National Archery in the Schools in West Virginia and Scholastic Pistol in Missouri.
Find out more about Friends of NRA events at www.friendsofnra.org