Another Annual Meeting event this past Thursday was the NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction. Sponsored by Leupold, the night was filled “with games, raffles, and live and silent auctions featuring amazing high-quality merchandise and unique firearms.”
Hot on the blocks were firearms signed by Wayne LaPierre, a puzzle painted by various employees of the NRA, and a wide assortment of other guns and paraphernalia. All money raised through Friends of NRA events goes directly to the programs of the NRA.
Part of the event Thursday evening was recognition of the top Friends of NRAregional volunteers from across the nation, as pictured at right. “We have these people to thank for the advancement of our program throughout the nation,” Managing Director of NRA’s Field Operations Kyle Weaver announced. Each volunteer was presented with a plaque.
Region Volunteers of the Year:
Eastern Region: Maryland: Randy and Suzanne Lewis, Washington Co.
Central Region: Tennessee: Tracy Hightower, Kentucky Lake
Mid West Region: Oklahoma: Ron Tarrant, Southeastern Oklahoma
Southern Region: Florida (Southern): John and Jean Gettle, South Bay
Western Region: Alaska: Denny Hamann, Alaska State
The auction included donated hunting trips, firearms, and products from all over the nation. This event happens each year at the very beginning of the Annual Meetings, Thursday evening, and requires a ticket. If you haven’t attended this event, look to 2011 for your opportunity! You'll get the chance to meet more than 1,600 of your NRA family members – and the opportunity to bid on some unique items.