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NRA friends host first event

The newly-established Superior Area Team Friends of the NRA Committee holds its first benefit at 5 p.m. May 1 at Barker's Island Inn. "We're planning for a fun and exciting event for the whole family," said Committee Chairman Bill Winteland. "We'...

The newly-established Superior Area Team Friends of the NRA Committee holds its first benefit at 5 p.m. May 1 at Barker's Island Inn.

"We're planning for a fun and exciting event for the whole family," said Committee Chairman Bill Winteland. "We've got a wide array of high-quality auction items and door prizes for our guests."

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the NRA Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides grants for projects such as youth firearms safety and education, hunter training, shooting range development, marksmanship and conservation. Many rifle and pistol clubs, 4-H clubs and Boy Scout troops have received grants. Some local organizations have benefited.

"We're not different from other shooting groups; we do everything with grants," Winteland said. "We raise all this money for grants."

The friends group is nonpartisan.

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"We are not the NRA; we are the NRA Foundation," Winteland said. "We are completely nonpolitical."

By funding shooting camps for youth and women, the foundation hopes to encourage more people to hunt.

"For every 100 hunters who die, we are only getting 81 hunters from the new generation," Winteland said.

The foundation has 27 chapters in Wisconsin. Winteland, who recently moved to Dairyland, was active in the Rock County chapter before he moved.

"It's a fun group. I would say I have friends for life because of this" and all over the country, he said.

The NRA Foundation relies on volunteers and fundraisers to share the joys of shooting. Although Duluth has a chapter, money raised stays in Minnesota.

Organizers of the Superior benefit hope residents consider taking part in the upcoming banquet. It includes a number of raffles for limited edition guns.

For more information or tickets, contact Cinamon at (715) 398-0269 or Bill at (715) 244-3391 or wwgunguy@gmail.com .

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Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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