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The North Central Montana Friends of NRA plan to hold their 19th Annual Banquet at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Pondera Shooting Sports Club in Conrad. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with prime rib dinner at 7 p.m. 

Sponsorships and tickets may be purchased in Shelby from Joe Hoffer at 450-2041 or Glenn Kurkowske at 460-0360; in Valier from Richard Widhalm at 279-3417; while those in the Cut Bank area can call Widhalm at 450-4033. 

There will be only 300 tickets available this year, so make sure you call any one of the committee members for your tickets. Tables for $100 and $50 will be offered again this year. Remember those tables get to eat first. The prime rib dinner is being prepared by Christiaens Meats of Valier.

After a very successful 2018 banquet, the committee and the Pondera Shooting Sports Club, with the help of the 4-H Shooting Sport Club, will again host the dinner this year. This will give the supporters of the Friends of NRA a great opportunity to view the fruits of money raised by these banquets. The local clubs have obtained $65,800 through grants from Friends of NRA. Every year there are $200,000 to $400,000 given out in grants in Montana. 

This banquet will feature the 16 gun calendars for $50. There will also be the Liberty Safe raffle and many games to play to win guns and other exciting prizes as well as live and silent auctions. 

The Friends of NRA banquet is a key grassroots event that supports thousands of community services related to firearm education, hunter safely, wildlife conservation, range improvements, youth marksmanship, law enforcement, and other shooting sports interest. 

Working with NRA field representatives, the members and volunteers organize banquets in their communities, complete with auctions, special drawings, and fellowship. Much of the merchandise at the banquets is donated or provided at reduced cost by hundreds of participating vendors.

Half of the money raised by each Friends of NRA banquet will be spent in the state in which it was held. The other half supports qualifying national-level programs like the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, Women On Target, and other educational and safely services. State fund committees made up of volunteers review grant applications from local organizations and make recommendations to the NRA Foundation on how the money might best be used in their areas. 

For more information about Friends of NRA, visit www.friendsofnra.org.

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