It was a huge year in many aspects for the 2014 National NRA Foundation Banquet in Indianapolis. Hosted in the grand Lucas Oil Stadium, the record breaking crowd of 2,000 attendees helped to raise the most funds ever at a single event for The NRA Foundation, generating over $500,000. The night commenced with lively games, raffles and a competitive silent auction featuring unique firearms and merchandise. While sitting down for dinner, attendees joined in honoring and congratulating Friends of NRA Volunteers of the Year from across with country for all of their hard work and dedication to The NRA Foundation's mission. Attendees had the privilege of watching a special presentation by NRA Board Member Lt. General Leroy Sisco, who teamed up with the Military Warriors Support Foundation giving Kyle Weaver, Executive Director of NRA General Operations, the opportunity to present three families with keys to their brand new homes. Anthony Imperato, a generous NRA Foundation and industry supporter, also presented a check from his company dedicated to the Petyon Manning Children's Hospital. The night would not have been possible without the generous support of The NRA Foundation Banquet's event sponsors; Cabela's, Kimber and Universal Coin and Bullion. A spokesperson from each company addressed the crowd with words of encouragement and expressed their passion for The NRA Foundation. Finally, Waynne LaPierre, NRA's Executive Vice President, rallied the crowd and greeted and thanked attendees for their support and loyalty.
The "Remington Table of Guns," "Smith & Wesson Winner Take All" and "Century International Arms Tactical Raffle," just to name a few of the games and raffles at the banquet, upped the energy of the event and awarded over 24 firearms to several lucky individuals! The evening was capped off by the much anticipated live auction featuring sought after items including hunts, one-of-a-kind firearms and a custom-built NRA fishing boat from Diamondback and Taurus. In addition, The NRA Foundation's success would not have been possible without two firearms donations that were sold on Gunbroker.com. The Model 1860 Henry and First Original Rifle donated by Henry Repeating Arms and the Ruger One Millionth Gun of 2012 donated by Sturm, Ruger & Co. pushed The NRA Foundation's efforts over the top, raising a collective sum of nearly $120,000. The NRA Foundation achieved success thanks to its dedicated attendees, volunteers, donors and sponsors who joined together in celebrating American freedoms and supporting the future of shooting sports.