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NRA Foundation Banquet Sponsors Announced for 2016 NRA Annual Meetings in Derby City


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ATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
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April 29, 2016
Contact: Kristina Krawchuk; (703) 267-1342, kkrawchuk@nrahq.org

NRA Foundation Banquet Sponsors Announced for 2016 NRA Annual Meetings in Derby City

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Rifle Association’s 145th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits will have its unofficial start at the 2016 National NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction at Louisville’s Kentucky International Convention Center on Thursday, May 19. Sponsored by Kimber, Henry Repeating Arms, and Universal Coin & Bullion, and co-sponsored by Century Arms, Frontier Tactical, and ZEISS, funds raised at the attendee-favorite event benefit The NRA Foundation, America’s leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. 

“This is a tremendous year for the foundation,” said NRA Director of Volunteer Fundraising Sarah Engeset. “We couldn’t be more excited with our sponsor line-up. It is because of their support and the tireless work of our volunteers that we are able to continue our mission of Teaching Freedom.” 

Banquet activities include games, and silent and live auctions for exotic hunts, exclusive firearms, outdoor gear, and other unique merchandise. This year’s live auction showcase item, graciously donated by HPR Ammunition, a one-of-a-kind NRA/HPR Black Ops 4 x 4 Jeep Wrangler with customized detailing from the winch and front bumper to a specialized tailgate including Smittybilt XRC Armor Side panels and windows. The online auction takes place on GunBroker.com and runs from April 20-May 22.  

Tickets are on sale now and this year, attendees can beat the lines by reserving raffle packs for the NRA Foundation Banquet. Tickets for both the banquet and raffle packs can be reserved at http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6759200/nra-foundation-banquet-raffle-packs-louisville-nra-2016-annual-meetings-and-exhibits.

The 2016 NRA Annual Meetings are expected to bring more than 70,000 Second Amendment enthusiasts to Louisville May 19-22.  This celebration of America’s shooting traditions features more than 550 eye-catching displays from the country’s top firearms, knife, wildlife art, shooting accessories, hunting gear, and ATV companies. Visitors may also attend the Annual Meeting of Members, hear rousing speeches on Second Amendment issues, and unwind to top country music entertainment at NRA Presents Toby Keith, among so many entertaining events.

Since its inception in 1992, The NRA Foundation has funded over 35,400 grants totaling in excess of $267 million, to qualified local, state and national shooting sports programs, hunting and conservation programs, Second Amendment education and for the preservation of historical firearms. Learn more about the National NRA Foundation Banquet at www.nraam.org.  For ticket inquiries contact Megan McConnell at mmcconnell@nrahq.org.

About The NRA Foundation
Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shootings sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context.  More information about The NRA Foundation can be found online at www.nrafoundation.org.

About the National Rifle Association
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit http://nra.org.

About Kimber
Kimber Mfg., Inc. is an American company that designs and manufactures premium firearms for individual, sporting, law enforcement and military markets. Complete information on Kimber firearms, accessories and Less-Lethal products is available at www.kimberamerica.com. Kimber can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About Henry Repeating Arms
Henry Repeating Arms is one of the country’s leading rifle manufacturers, proudly producing firearms “Made in America or not made at all.” Their legendary name dates back to 1860 when Benjamin Tyler Henry invented and patented the first practical repeating rifle during the Civil War. It became known as the "gun you could load on Sunday and shoot all week long.” Henry rifles went on to play a significant role in the frontier days of the American West and soon became one of the most legendary, respected and sought after rifles in the history of firearms. President Lincoln’s Henry hangs in The Smithsonian and has become a national treasure. The company’s manufacturing facilities are in Bayonne, N.J., and Rice Lake, Wisc. Visit http://www.henryrifles.com/catalog/.

About Universal Coin & Bullion
Universal Coin & Bullion is the Official Bullion and Rare Coin Expert of NRA Publications.  Universal’s President Michael Fuljenz is a Golden Ring of Freedom member, NRA Benefactor member and long-time supporter of the NRA's Eddie Eagle Gunsafe® program. Known as America's Gold Expert®, he has won more than 50 prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work about rare coins and gold and silver. Mike also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Numismatic Literary Guild and Crime Stoppers of Beaumont, Texas. He is a member of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), and he is a PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer. For useful information about buying and selling rare coins and gold and silver, visit www.UniversalCoin.com.

About Century Arms
Century Arms is North America's largest importer/exporter of surplus firearms and accessories, catering to collectors, hunters and shooters for more than 40 years. In addition to surplus goods, we also carry newly manufactured firearms, knives, swords, ammunition, scopes and related accessories. We've earned a solid reputation for offering converted firearms with proven performance qualities at an affordable price. See for yourself why hunters, shooters, and collectors around the world seek out Century. Visit http://www.centuryarms.com/.

About Frontier Tactical
Frontier Tactical started as an idea within the preparedness, modern survivalist, tactical and firearms communities. After years of analysis, followed by the application of Objectivist philosophy and permaculture principles to business, Frontier Tactical was born. It is the product of dedication and hard work to create a business that bypasses archaic and obsolete retail and manufacturing models. We believe that through the ethical treatment of people, the planet, and reinvestment, a sustainable business model will show others a better way to compete; in a way that does not compromise our integrity. Our mission is to provide our customers with products like no others on the market. Our goal is to forge original solutions to obstacles defined by our customers through the masterful use of technology, innovation and superior skill. We empower our customers, employees, vendors and peers through knowledge, communication and the spirit of ethical cooperation. Visit http://www.frontiertactical.com.

About ZEISS
ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. The ZEISS Group develops and distributes semiconductor manufacturing equipment, measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and planetarium technology. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, and Vision Care/Consumer Optics. ZEISS is represented in over 40 countries and operates more than 30 production sites, over 50 sales and service locations and about 25 research and development facilities. Visit http://www.zeiss.com.

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