Warner Mountain Friends of the National Rifle Association gathered for their annual fundraiser banquet on Saturday, July 13, at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
This year’s event, attended by about 90 supporters, raised an estimated $13,000 for the Friends of NRA Foundation, which provides grant funding for varied projects, said Dave Purcell, one of the event’s coordinators and chairman of the Warner Mountain Friends of NRA committee.
During the evening, several local folks received special recognition in their efforts to uphold and protect second amendment rights. These honorees included Cheryl Bongiovanni, Dave Purcell and Margot Dodds.
NRA Field Representative Mike Carey served as the master of ceremonies for the night, as well as auctioneer, and was also recognized with a plaque for his efforts with the organization.
The dinner, featuring a full bounty of tasty vittles prepared by Yummy’s Cowboy Cuisine out of Klamath Falls, offered up both salmon and prime rib along with a smorgasbord of potatoes, green beans, broccoli salad and more.
Serving as the centerpiece for the night, of course, were the live and silent auctions, as well as numerous giveaways in the form of door and raffle prizes.
The live auction served as a lively portion of the evening’s happenings, with a number of highly-sought items put on the block to the highest bidder. A few highlights included a Colt LE 6900 AR-15 rifle that sold for $1,250, as well as the NRA’s gun of the year, a Weatherby Series 2 Eurosport .270 Winchester with Leopold VX-7 scope ($1,650).
A Kel-Tec 12-gauge shotgun, noted as an extremely hard-to-find piece of firepower, sold for $1,800, while a South African seven-day safari hunt (minus airfare to South Africa) sold for $1,100.