This week we recognize Chairman Brian Mrnak, volunteer of the Chequamegon Bay Area WisconsinFriends of NRA.
Located in Ashland, Wisconsin, a small community along the shore of Lake Superior, Brian knew the challenges he’d face with competing against other Friends events in neighboring big cities. That didn’t stop him from aiming high.
Eight years ago Brian challenged his committee and set a goal to be the best in the state when it came to net per attendee. Even in a small town, Brian was confident the community would come together for a good cause – and boy did they show up.
Within two short years the committee met that goal. Then they achieved that same goal within their region and then across the nation!
Since Brian has volunteered with the committee nearly ten years ago, he’s worked tirelessly with his team to continue growing their banquets, share the mission of Friends of NRA in the community, and raise funds for The NRA Foundation. Just last year they sold $4,600 banquet tickets, sold 22 sponsorships bringing in more than $19,000, raised $40,000 in pre and post-event raffles, and acquired over 50 donations valued over $5,000.
“Brian is a true community leader,” said NRA Field Representative Scott Taetsch. “He truly believes in passing on the shooting sports to the next generation and that enthusiasm is carried out through his actions.”
Not only does Brian dedicate his time to his events, he also runs community raffles year round, attends trade and guns shows, and has helped start a high school and youth trap league - in two counties!
It’s because of volunteers like Brian that Friends of NRA remains to make an impact across the country and can continue fundraising for the future of the shooting sports.
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