NRA to Donate More Than $17,000 to Central Pennsylvania Outdoors Organizations
FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association will donate $17,710 to four central Pennsylvania organizations that promote the outdoor lifestyle through educational and recreational activities and empower youth participation in the shooting sports.
These donations are made possible through fundraising efforts at NRA’s annual Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, and continues the tradition of support for educational and recreational youth programs across the country. Since the NRA started the Great American Outdoor Show four years ago, over $194,000 has been donated to central Pennsylvania law enforcement, youth groups, and other eligible organizations.
The Pennsylvania Dutch Council, Boy Scouts of America of Lancaster will receive a $6,547 grant to support their shooting sports program at the Bashore Scout Reservation. Grant funding will be used to acquire ammunition and targets, benefitting 1,500 Boy Scouts and 400 adult Scout volunteers during the 2018 summer camping season.
The Wildlife Leadership Academy of Lewisburg will receive a $5,681 grant to support field schools, which engage and empower high school-age youths to become Conservation Ambassadors to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations.
The Wilkes-Barre Rifle and Pistol Club of Hunlocks Creek will receive a $4,432 grant to support the establishment and promotion of an air rifle team to encourage youth interest in competitive shooting. The club, which routinely hosts NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) events, will field up to 40 junior shooters interested in both air rifle marksmanship and competition as part of the new team.
The Lebanon Valley Sportsmen Association of Robesonia will receive a $1,050 grant to support the expansion of their youth shooting sports program. Grant funding will provide new targets and safety equipment to allow more shooting stations, giving youth shooters more time on the trigger and bow and providing a safer, more comfortable shooting sports experience.
The success of the Great American Outdoor Show, the world’s largest consumer sports and outdoor show, and the tireless efforts of The NRA Foundation make these charitable contributions possible, empowering stewards of the outdoor sports lifestyle to continue making a difference in their communities while safeguarding and improving the future of time-honored outdoor traditions.
The nine-day Great American Outdoor Show returns to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg Feb. 3-11, 2018, featuring 650,000 sq. ft. of the best the outdoors has to offer. To purchase tickets to the show or browse the exciting list of events, seminars, exhibitors and more, visit the official website at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreatAmericanOutdoorShow.
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://www.nra.org.