For the last 15 years, Henry County Friends of the NRA has hosted its annual appreciation banquet and the big event returns Saturday night at the Paris Convention Center, 1501 E. Wood St.
In addition to a hefty catered meal of prime rib and shrimp from Take Me Back Café in Paris, there will be a live and silent auction of an impressive list of items ranging from a limited edition signed Ted Nugent guitar to handsome artwork complete with an authentic John Wayne rifle cartridge.
Attendees can also bid or register for drawings offering a wide range of guns, stag-handled knives, artwork and more. The list of items at Friends of the NRA events is always quite impressive. Tickets are only $30.
Hulme Sporting Goods has donated two rifles for door prizes. Each early bird ticket purchased will be eligible to win a Remington .308 Model 783 Rifle.
And a door prize — a Ruger 10/22 Takedown Camo Rifle 22LR — will be given away and you must be present to win both door prizes.
Tickets can be purchased locally at Hulme Sporting Goods and from JMC Firearms. You can also purchase tickets online at www.friendsofnra.org/tn/events.
Henry County has benefited greatly from several different grants awarded from Friends of NRA Foundation through the years. Here is a list of a few of those grants:
Grants funded prior to 2018: three grants to Harvest Outdoor Ministries, Inc. for a total of $7,900; two grants to A Sporting Chance, $4,250; 11 grants to the Henry County 4-H shooting program, $72,690; 10 grants to Covenant Ranch Inc., $12,061; two grants to the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, $4,450; and one grant to Kentucky Lake Quail Forever, $2,000.
Grants funded in 2018: Kentucky Lake Quail Forever, $2,248; and Covenant Ranch, Inc. $3,358.
The total local funding since the inception of the grant program is $108,957. That total includes all estimated shipping costs and the state use tax in Tennessee.
Grants from the NRA Foundation in Tennessee since the program’s inception have exceeded $2.7 million.
“We invite anyone interested in supporting this great cause to attend and help continue returning grants to Henry County’s various shooting programs,” said Robert Horner, who has chaired the event the past three years.
Doors open at 5 p.m. It’s a good idea to arrive early and look over the vast array of items on display. For additional information on the event, contact Horner at 731-333-9151.
STEVE McCADAMS is The Post-Intelligencer’s outdoors writer. His email address is email@example.com.