FAIRFAX, VA – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce Mid-Coast Friends of NRA in Victoria, Texas, as its 2014 Committee of the Year. Founded in 1994, Mid-Coast became the first committee in the history of Friends of NRA to raise more than $300,000 at a single event during its 2014 banquet last summer.
For the past 22 years, the Mid-Coast Friends of NRA have been led by husband and wife team Darrell and Sandra Hester. Serving respectively as the committee’s chair and treasurer, the two have helped Mid-Coast set the record for highest net over two consecutive years: $270,000 in 2013 and $316,000 in 2014.
“The strength of the Mid-Coast committee comes from the foundation built by the Hesters,” said Kyle Weaver, Executive Director of NRA General Operations. “Their leadership makes the whole team come together.”
The Hesters were honored guests at the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Nashville, Tennessee, where they received special recognition during the National NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction on Thursday, April 9. The committee’s hard work and fundraising efforts help The NRA Foundation support educational programs such as Eddie Eagle GunSafe®, a pre-k through fourth grade firearm accident prevention program, and Women On Target®, a clinic by women and for women that instructs on safe firearm handling and marksmanship.
Tickets are now on sale for Mid-Coast Friends of NRA’s 2015 fundraising banquet on September 10 in Victoria, Texas, at the Victoria Community Center. Learn more at www.friendsofnra.org/TX.
About the National Rifle Association
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit nra.org.
About Friends of NRA
Friends of NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement to organize and, with help from NRA field staff, plan community events for firearms enthusiasts. All net proceeds from Friends of NRA events are allocated to The NRA Foundation, the leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Through NRA Foundation grants for equipment, training materials, range improvements, and more, qualified local, state, and national programs receive aid to involve and inspire a new generation of competitive shooters. Learn more about Friends of NRA at www.friendsofnra.org. Get involved and volunteer at friendsofnra.org/volunteer.
About The NRA Foundation
Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shootings sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context. More information about The NRA Foundation can be found online at www.nrafoundation.org.