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700 gather for Friends of the NRA dinner 

NRA dinner at the Paso Robles Event Center Saturday evening. Photo by Jim Fritsche.

NRA dinner at the Paso Robles Event Center Saturday evening. Photo by Jim Fritsche.

Over 700 people from this area gathered Saturday evening at the Paso Robles Event Center for the annual Friends of NRA Dinner and Auction. The record-breaking crowd raised funds for youth hunter safety programs, shooting range improvements, and 2nd Amendment Educational programs.

“It was a great evening with all the fun of a great tri tip dinner, seeing friends, raffles, and live and silent auctions,” said Jim Fritsche, owner of EQ-Wine Covers Co.

If anyone missed out on the Paso Robles dinner, the Atascadero Friends of NRA will be holding their dinner and auction on Saturday evening, April 26 in the Taft Barn in Atascadero.

Friends of NRA is a national organization that hosts local banquets fundraise for the future of the shooting sports. Since its inception in 1992, Friends of NRA has held over 16,000 events, reached over 2.8 million attendees and raised over $230 million for The NRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Each year, The NRA Foundation allocates half of all net proceeds to fund projects within the state in which the money was raised and uses the other half to fund similar projects with a national scope.

Local grants help youth firearm safety and education programs, hunter education, range development and improvement, women’s training seminars, and wildlife conservation efforts. Recognizing that America’s young people represent the future of the shooting sports, State Fund Committee grants are frequently given to youth programs, allocating more than 50% of grant monies to this important area.

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Guests socialize at the NRA dinner at the Paso Robles Event Center Saturday evening. Photo by Jim Fritsche.

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