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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Friends of NRA auction to benefit youth shooting sports

  • Event is scheduled for April 6.
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  • Pratt County 4-H members will get some shooting supplies when Friends of the NRA host their banquet fundraiser in April.
    Some proceeds will go to the new county 4-H Hunting Sports program for shooting supplies, said Christy Landis, event chair.
    "I'm so excited. We got money for them to get that going," Landis said.
    While some of the proceeds go to the event and to the National Rifle Association, a lot of the proceeds goes right back into the community.
    The Pratt Community College Shooting Sports club has benefited in the past from the auction and used the funds to travel to shooting events.
    The banquet and auction will start at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Pratt Area 4-H Center at the Pratt County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $25 for single and $40 per couple. The price of the ticket is the same whether or not people take part in the banquet.
    All ticket sales will be in advance with none sold at the door. Contact Landis at 770-2277 or Main Street Armory at 508-6219 to purchase tickets.
    The event also needs volunteers to help with every aspect of the banquet and volunteers can use the same ticket contact numbers.
    The banquet raises money though sponsorships, underwriting, auction and ticket sales. Merchants and individuals donate items for the auction. Event organizers are seeking more donations for the auction. For donation information contact either Landis or Main Street Armory
    The auction items aren't just about shooting sports. While the auction will include items for the hunting enthusiasts it will also feature items that will appeal to a wide variety of interests, Landis said. Among the auction items will be an autographed fiddle by country music legend Charlie Daniels.
    The event will also feature a variety of games including a "Wheel of Fortune" style game, target shooting video game, bucket drawings for prizes and other activities for the whole family.
    Information about the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment to the constitution will be available.
    "I think that's very important this year," Landis said.
    A lot of misinformation on what the government is trying to do is circulating.
    Friends of the NRA will be on hand to share information about the importance of maintaining the rights of people to protect themselves and keeping weapons from getting into the wrong hands especially people with mental illness, Landis said.
    "That (mental illness) side of it needs to be addressed," Landis said.
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