The Northeastern Pa. Chapter, Friends of NRA, will host its 21st annual fund raising banquet March 23 beginning at 5 p.m. at Genetti Manor, 1505 N. Main Ave., Dickson City (off Exit 190 of Rt. 81).
Since the first Friends of NRA Banquet in Springfield, Missouri in 1992, more than 15,000 events have been held attended by more than 2.5 million Second Amendment supporters, NRA members, guests and family. More than 200 million dollars have been raised through the accomplishments of over 30, 000 volunteers serving on 1100 committees nationwide. Those funds have gone directly to support the shooting sports in all 50 states. In 2012, more than 1000 events were held, attended by over 180,000 people, raising more than $ 22.3 million throughout the country.
In 2012, the Northeastern Pa. FNRA banquet was attended by more than 340 people and there’s room for more. Because of the success of last years event, the Committee was awarded the “High Caliber Club” designation for it’s fundraising efforts. In addition to a family style dinner, the banquet consists of live and silent auctions, bucket drawings, door prizes, and other games and special events. Included in the auctions and games are firearms, limited edition prints and sculptures and many other valuable items.
Every year, The NRA Foundation allocates half of all net proceeds for use at the national level and the other half goes back into the state in which it was raised, where Friends of NRA State Fund Committees decide on programs and projects to fund on the local and state levels. The State Fund Committee grants funds to qualifying applicants that include local high school shooting teams and youth clubs (e.g. 4-H, Boy Scouts, etc.) to buy firearms, ammunition and uniforms, youth field days as well as supporting the activities of young people and adults just getting started in the shooting sports. Recognizing that America’s young people represent the future of the shooting sports, Pennsylvania alone has awarded more than $6.3 million in grants from funds raised at Friends of NRA banquets with over 78 percent of these funds going to support youth- related programs across the state.
For additional information on the Friends of NRA or to apply for a grant, visit www.nrafoundation.org, click on ‘Friends of NRA’ and then click on ‘Grants.’ For information on the banquet, call Carl Mozeleski at 570.587.2662 or e-mail at [email protected]
To view a partial list of merchandise available at this year’s event, go to www.friendsofNRA.org and click on “Merchandise” at the bottom of the page.
Tickets are $45 each, $85 for couples, $25 for young adults (under 21); and this includes three -entree, family- style dinner, open bar and door prizes. Doors open at 5 p.m and include live and silent auctions, bucket drawings and other Games and Special Events.
Those who cannot attend are invited to participate in the raffle.