GREENVILLE, Ky. (7/15/13) – The Paradise Friends of NRA Committee held a Pre-Event Raffle Drawing on Thursday July 11, 2013 at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Office on Dean Road in Greenville, Kentucky. Present for the drawing were: Chairman-Rickey Hoskins, Vice-Chairman-Jarrod Douglas, Secretary-Locky Beasley JR, Treasurer-Craig Rolley, committee Members – Leo Duran & Jim Butler, and Kentucky NRA Field Rep – John LaRowe. This was the first in a series of Pre-Event Raffles for the inaugural Paradise Friends of NRA Banquet to be held at the Central City Convention Center at 5:30 pm on Saturday, September 28.
The winning ticket holder was draw from the 100 tickets sold for a Smith & Wesson .380 Bodyguard pistol. Randy Adams, (AKA BIG COUNTRY) was the winner. Randy is a LIFETIME NRA Member, and an avid hunter and fisherman. When told of his winning, Randy stated, “Really! I am so excited!” He further stated, “I appreciate what the Friends of NRA does for the future of shooting sports, and I am always willing to support the cause.”
This was the first of many Pre-Event raffles that the Paradise Committee is conducting. “This raffle sold out in 3 days!” said Rickey Hoskins, Chairman of the Paradise Committee. “This is a desirable concealed carry pistol. Due to the success of this one, we have obtained another and will be conducting an additional raffle for another Bodyguard.” In addition to the Bodyguard, the committee is raffling a Mossberg 500 Combo with both a turkey and a slug barrel, a Mossberg MVP Predator .223 Bolt Action Rifle, a Smith & Wesson M&P 40 cal pistol, and a yet to be announced Deer Rifle. Tickets are available from any Paradise committee Member.
Friends of NRA is a key grassroots event that supports thousands of community services related to firearm education, hunter safety, wildlife conservation, range improvements, youth marksmanship, law enforcement, and other shooting sports interests. Working with NRA field representatives, the members and volunteers organize banquets in their communities, complete with auctions, special drawings, and fellowship. Much of the merchandise at the banquets is donated or provided at reduced cost by hundreds of participating vendors.
The Committee will be making the rounds in the region. Plans are to attend the Want Not Waste Not Event in Madisonville on August 3, and the annual Kentucky Deer Classic on August 24. The Paradise Committee has set up a facebook page – “Friends of NRA – Paradise Committee, Kentucky” to keep followers up to date on the process.
Do you want to get involved? There are several ways that you can help. Contact Rickey Hoskins at 338-3630 or Jarrod Douglas at 543-5158, and they can get you plugged into the committee. Please join the other friends from our community who are giving what they can to this event. In addition to becoming a sponsor, we invite you to our September 28 fundraiser. As you will discover, it is a fun-filled evening of good food, friendly faces and prizes galore - all for the benefit and legacy of the shooting sports. Friends of NRA is an exciting fund raising program run by people from all walks of life. At a Friends of NRA banquet, you’ll meet fire chiefs, engineers, shopkeepers, police officers, teachers, and many more mainstream citizens working together to support an important cause in preserving our rights and heritage.
Do you own a business and want to get involved? Friends of NRA events rely on donations from local businesses to build intriguing live and silent auctions and a plethora of prizes available for attendees. We would like to ask you to become involved in our event on whatever level you see fit. In addition to showcasing your sponsorship, contributions to The NRA Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal income tax laws. Here’s your opportunity to step up to the forefront and join with thousands of individuals and businesses in the effort to ensure the future of the shooting sports from coast to coast.
Half of the money raised by each Friends of NRA banquet will be spent in the state in which it was held. The other half supports qualifying national-level programs like the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, Women On Target®, and other educational and safety services. State Fund Committees made up of volunteers review grant applications from local organizations and make recommenda¬tions to The NRA Foundation on how the money might best be used in their areas. For more information about Friends of NRA, visit www.friendsofnra.org.
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, or by calling (800) 423-6894.
Information provided by Jarrod Douglas
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