NRA Foundation Honors 2016 Outstanding Volunteers Friends of NRA 2016 Regional Volunteers of the Year and Outstanding Committee recognized at Annual Banquet
FAIRFAX, Va. – The NRA Foundation honored its 2016 Friends of NRA Regional Volunteers of the Year and the 2016 Outstanding Committee of the Year Award, sponsored by Ripcord.
These select volunteers made a remarkable impact on Friends of NRA in 2016 at both the local and regional levels. Combined, they have close to 45 years of volunteering experience, and raised nearly $300,000 for the NRA Foundation. Regional Volunteers of the Year were recommended by their respective NRA Field Representatives and evaluated on a number of criteria including banquet tickets sold, years of service, leadership, and overall impact on the program.
“This year’s convention was a complete success. It was an honor to meet all the honorees and support the NRA Foundation and its mission to Teach Freedom”, said Redpoint Resolutions Co-founder, Tom Bochnowski.
“Raising over $65 million dollars last year, Friends of NRA is a powerhouse of fundraising made possible by a spirited brotherhood who volunteer their time, energy and leadership with passion and purpose.” remarks Sarah Engeset, Director of Volunteer Fundraising.
Award recipients received special recognition at the National NRA Foundation Banquet on Thursday, April 27th during the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2016 Outstanding Committee of the Year was awarded to Chairman Joe Fackler and all the volunteers of The Falls of the Ohio Committee of Indiana. Since its inception in 1999, The Falls of the Ohio Friends of NRA committee has raised over 1.4 million dollars for The NRA Foundation. Their 2016 banquet had 986 attendees. Collectively between their banquet and a special event they raised more than 215-thousand dollars and garnered the Most Outstanding Committee title by being the top grossing Friends of NRA event for 2016.
The 2016 Friends of NRA Regional Volunteers of Year and the 2016 Outstanding Committee of the Year:
EASTERN REGION New York (Upper) Jim Hemmer Sullivan County Friends of NRA
CENTRAL REGION Kentucky Kenny Ruckel Lewis County Friends of NRA
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION Texas (North) Ray Hollingsworth North East Texas Friends of NRA
SOUTHERN REGION Alabama Marcia Parsons Huntsville Friends of NRA
WESTERN REGION Alaska Greg Collins Homer Friends of NRA
SOUTHWEST REGION California (Northern) Rodney Wilkes Napa County Friends of NRA
COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR Indiana The Falls of the Ohio Friends of NRA
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 Friends of NRA Friends of NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement to organize and, with help from NRA field staff, plan community events for firearms enthusiasts. All net proceeds from Friends of NRA events are allocated to The NRA Foundation, the leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Through NRA Foundation grants for equipment, training materials, range improvements, and more, qualified local, state, and national programs receive aid to involve and inspire a new generation of competitive shooters. Learn more about Friends of NRA at www.friendsofnra.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://www.nra.org.