OHIO VALLEY — The local chapter of the Nation Rifle Association (NRA) has set another benchmark at its annual banquet.
At Courtside Bar and Grill, members and families recently met for the 22nd annual banquet which included a prime rib dinner, awards, and auction to raise money.
This year, the banquet raised $100,000 – the highest per capita in the state of Ohio. That is a title of honor held by the Gallia Area Friends of NRA chapter since 2009. Along with that, they have been top 10 in the country consecutively as well.
The Gallia Area Friends of NRA chapter covers Meigs, Gallia, Mason, and some members from Lawrence County as well. All areas were represented well at the banquet, according to event organizer Dave Tawney.
The auction included numerous items. Many guns, ammunition, shooting accessories, and other miscellaneous power tools were auctioned off by Lee Johnson.
Donations were broken into four different levels. Greg Hartley was the sole contributor in the Legacy ($3,500) level. John Ohlinger was in the Pioneer ($2,500) level. In the Freedom class ($1,250) was Josh Bodimer, Tina and Dean Sicliliano, John Stevens, and Chris and Ron Toler. The Heritage level ($600) included Dan G. Edwards II and John W. Dixon. Liberty sponsors, of which there are 91, gave up to $250.
The money raised is then sent to the state and national levels, splitting the profits 50/50. Local groups and organizations can apply for NRA grant money involving shooting sports, and several have done so. The Gallia Gun Club received grant money from the NRA to substantially improve their facilities. Canter’s Cave 4H camp’s shooting range was funded with NRA grant money, as have several local 4H clubs benefited from individual grants.
Groups looking to use NRA grants can apply online and contact a local NRA member to learn more.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext. 2108.