PENINSULA — Local members of the Friends of the National Rifle Association gathered last week their second annual Chinook Valley banquet, featuring prime rib and live, silent and bucket auctions.

The event was attended by 112 enthusiasts who purchased tables seating eight for $1,200 apiece. Individual seating was also available. Over 50 donors unselfishly donated merchandise and money to back this organization, which also supports Second Amendment rights.

National Rifle Association Western Washington Field Representative Kiefer Lewis said, “50 percent of net of the money raised stays in the state of Washington. Last year, $8 million was raised nationally and $265,000 stayed in the state of Washington. In 2010, a $8,000 grant was given the Chinook Gun Club for improving the gun range.”

The live auction was conducted by Larry Hendrickson of Ocean Park and consisted of NRA merchandise, embellished firearms, limited-edition artwork to hunting equipment and outdoor accessories and other unique items.

The Friends of the NRA is described as a grassroots fund-raising program designed to affirm and introduce the rights and privileges of lawful gun ownership in America. Since its inception in 1992, volunteers have raised millions of dollars benefiting youth education, firearm safety and training, hunter safety, marksmanship training, range developments and improvements, and conservation projects.

The local Chinook Valley Committee consists of Chairperson Mark Preston, Co-Chair Rob Richmond, Secretary Mike Vasquez and Treasurer Debbie Richmond.

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