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Friends of the NRA to host annual banquet

Jessica Hughes takes a little target practice after getting some lessons from her grandfather, Roger Beach. Photo submitted

Jessica Hughes takes a little target practice after getting some lessons from her grandfather, Roger Beach. Photo submitted

The friends of the NRA will be hosting their annual banquet on August 9, 2014. This year the banquet will be held at the Walterboro Elks Lodge. The event will be catered by Parklane of Columbia, South Carolina. There will be two different types of meats offered, one of which will be fresh seafood with various side dishes as well. The banquet will offer many different games, drawings, and an auction. This year, there will be around twenty one guns up for grabs. There will be everything from a hand gun to a long gun available.

The friends of the NRA have been active in Colleton County since the mid- nineties. Last year the banquet raised around $18,000 and they hope to bring in even more this year. Half of the money raised in the state of South Carolina stays here. Each year different organizations from across the state fill out the appropriate paperwork for a piece of the pie. Some organizations that could apply for this money would be police departments, DARE programs, school archery programs, and any organization that would promote gun education and safety.

The National Rifle Association prides itself in being America’s longest-standing civil rights organization. The NRA was formed in 1871 by two Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate. The two were dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops and at the time the group’s goal would be to “Promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,” according to a magazine editorial written by Church. The NRA gained interest among younger Americans in 1903 when rifle clubs began popping up at most larger colleges and universities. Still to this day, youth programs are very special to the NRA and they have more than one million youths participating in NRA shooting sports events and affiliated programs with groups such as 4-H, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Legion, Royal Rangers, National High School Rodeo Association and others.

Roger Beach, long time supporter and chairperson for the local friends of the NRA, explained “It is our right to have and bear arms. I am an avid hunter but above being a hunter I love guns and every aspect of having them. I have a small range where I taught my children and grandchildren how to shoot. Most importantly, I taught them gun safety. People need to teach their children that there is a time and place to use a gun. The NRA strives to promote gun education and I am proud to be a supporter of that.” Beach has been involved with the local friends of the NRA since they started in Colleton County.

If you would like to attend the banquet you must purchase your tickets in advance as they will not be sold at the door. The doors will open at 6. Tickets are priced at $35 for a single and $60 for a couple. Children under the age of 16 are free and welcome to attend with an adult. Seating is limited so make sure to see one of the committee members to purchase your tickets right away. Committee members are Jim Beach, Hunter White, JR Hughes, Gwen Bunton, Roger Beach, and Woody Crosby.

 

Christie Slocum (494 Posts)