Last Friday night I attended a Friends of the NRA fund raising dinner. Friends of the NRA is the NRA Foundation and it was formed so that it can "provide grants for a myriad of local and national projects in need of assistance". Fifty percent of the money raised during Friday night's dinner is granted to qualified projects within California, and the remaining proceeds go toward qualified national programs such as Youth Development, Firearm Education and Training, Range Development and Improvement, and Wildlife Conservation Efforts.
Friday night's dinner was the first that I'd ever attended and it was quite an eye opener. There are many stereotypes that the mainstream media like to portray about people who love to own guns, and enjoy the shooting sports. The people at the dinner were ordinary people, the kinds of people that you have as your neighbors. The only difference is that these folks are passionate about protecting their 2nd Amendment rights.
The money raised that night was mainly raised through the sale of dinner tickets, raffle tickets, silent auction, and a live auction. I spent a total of $90 on raffle tickets and I was very disappointed that I did not win any guns that night. For the door prizes there were three guns to be won. Among the raffle ticket prizes were also guns and other stuff like hunting paraphernalia.
The meal was simple: tri tip, beans, green salad, chicken, macaroni salad, and bread rolls. There was cake for dinner. Non-alcoholic drinks was part of the meal, but you had to pay for the alcoholic beverages. The Rotary Club who had a license to sell alcoholic drinks benefited from the night's dinner. They ran the no host bar that night.
These were some of the other items that were auctioned off. Doug and I did not bid for anything. I had hoped to win at least a little pistol, but no such luck that evening!
The dinner raised about $30,000, before paying the expenses involved. Not a bad first fund raising dinner for the local Friends of the NRA, if I do say so myself.