When I was a firefighter in New Jersey, I worked on the rescue truck. Over the years my team cut out lots of folks involved in accidents. One thing we always commented on was that we never found out what happened to the people afterwards. So, in the spirit of providing "how'd it go" information, here are a few updates on some of the events I attended over the past few weeks.
The Trailblazers Friends of the NRA banquet was a huge success monetarily. In speaking with Bruce McGowan, one of the leaders of the group, he told me that the net was just over $19,000. This is a fantastic amount from the community in such a tough economic time. John Fuller, Don DuBois, Bruce McGowan and their team need to be commended on the work they have done to bring in so much. When I was involved with the first Trailblazers banquet, we profited just under $10,000. So they've doubled the income in just two years. Fantastic!
Okay, so a lot of pats on the back go out to the Trailblazers team, and to all the folks who came to the banquet and spent money; and all the businesses, organizations and individuals who donated good or underwrote items that were on auction or raffle that night. The proceeds from the event are split 50-50. So half the money stays here in New York, and half is sent to the NRA Foundation for national programs.
In the past, grant money has been given locally to Iroquois Rod and Gun Club, New Berlin for renovations to tits clubhouse. Greene Rod and Gun Club received money to update its septic system, and Oxford Rod and Gun Club got money to put shelters over its shooting range. The Federated Sportsman's Clubs of Chenango County has been receiving money to send kids to NYSDEC summer camps for many years through the FNRA grants, and Safari Club International bought over $2,000 in shooting (bow and gun) supplies to assist at the Rockdale Rod and Gun Club Youth Day. So, the money goes to good programs and is well spent.