ULSTER - The Bradford Area Friends of the NRA recently held its annual banquet at the Ulster Fire Hall. An overflow crowd raised a record of more than $60,000 for the Bradford County Friends group.
The evening was a family-friendly event, with door prizes given to every youth 16 years old or younger. All youth were given a free ticket for a chance of winning a Remington 870 shotgun.
The lucky youth was Jarred Rathbun, of Mosherville.
The evening also included silent auctions, bucket raffles and other games of chance.
The goal of the banquet is raising money, half of which stays within the state and half for national programs. The money raised helps support events such as youth education; women's programs; hunting and conservation programs; competitive shooting; training and education safety; law enforcement and public range initiatives.
Of these programs, the youth education programs receive about 85 percent of the monies.
Many people are concerned that the U.S. is floundering and moving further from its Christian roots. Many rights are being taken away from us. Some people are becoming complacent and want the government to take care of them.
Our elected officials have forgotten that the country was founded on individuals having control of their own lives.
We know that many people would like to stop the sports of hunting, shooting, trapping and fishing. The best way to combat this is to get youth involved in these sports.
The NRA is doing its part but you, too, can help by attending a banquet or simply becoming a mentor to a young person. You have a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the next generation that will ensure the survival of hunting, trapping, shooting and fishing.