NRA Donates $50,000 to Central Pennsylvania Organizations
On: January 8, 2016 Filed Under: Member News
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Through its fundraising efforts at the enormously popular Great American Outdoor Show, the National Rifle Association has donated $50,000 to several central Pennsylvania organizations who promote the outdoor lifestyle through educational and recreational activities. The 2016 donation is a follow up to the donation of a $50,000 fully equipped Police Cruiser to the Harrisburg, PA Police Department in 2015.
Donations were made through The NRA Foundation, America’s leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. The National Civil War Museum, one of the four recipients, was selected for its educational contributions. In association with the Smithsonian Institution, the museum showcases a comprehensive portrayal of the American Civil War through a collection of more than 24,000 artifacts. The National Civil War Museum will be using funds from The NRA Foundation to construct a new exhibit recognizing firearm manufacturers of the Civil War era that are still in operation today as well as highlighting gun safety programs and firearm education and training offered through the NRA.
“The Civil War was one of the most turbulent eras in our nation’s history and we pride ourselves in our museum’s ubiased look at its people, events, and technology,” said The National Civil Museums Board Chairman Michael Love. “Thanks to this generous donation by the NRA, we look forward to enhancing a number of our exhibits.”
The three other groups benefiting from the NRA’s donations are All 4 Kids Hunting, dedicated to inspiring and educating youth on wildlife conservation through a safe introduction to hunting; LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, which facilitates outdoor recreational opportunities for wounded veterans; and Camo Cares, an annual recreational event that raises funds to send children with life-threatening illnesses and wounded veterans on hunts.
“Providing dream hunts for children and veterans who have faced tremendous hardships is an incredibly fulfilling act,” said Camo Cares co-founder Jason Say. “The NRA’s donation will go a long way toward increasing the number of hunts we will arrange this coming year.”
“We are grateful for the role these organizations play in continuing our country’s great shooting traditions,” said NRA General Operations Executive Director Kyle Weaver. “The success of the Great American Outdoor Show grants us the opportunity to give back to the community that sustains it and we look forward to assisting programs who support the outdoor lifestyle for years to come.”
The nine day celebration of outdoor traditions is the largest consumer sports and outdoor show in the world and returns to Harrisburf, February 6-14, 2016. Learn more about the Great American Outdoor Show at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.
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 forearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit http://nra.org.
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.