Crossroads NRA chapter raises most money in U.S.
The Mid-Coast Friends of the National Rifle Association set a new record in fundraising.
The association, which covers the Crossroads, brought in $270,288 at its September dinner and auction.
"This was not only a national but a South Texas record," NRA Field Representative Liz Foley wrote in a press release, making South Texas the highest netting donor region.
The regional group raised more funds than 1,100 other Friends committees across the country. Friends of the NRA is a grass-roots organization that supports community services related to firearms education.
Mid-Coast Chairman Darrell Hester, of Victoria, said an amazing committee and a .50-caliber Barrett rifle are to thank for the success. The rifle brought in more than $30,000 during an auction, he said.
Half of the money raised is distributed locally to organizations. The other half supports national programs, such as the Eddie Eagley GunSafe Program and Women on Target.
Hester said the committee has not met to discuss where the money will be spent, but in the past, grant money has supplied guns and ammunition for programs such as the Boys & Girls Club of Victoria and the Victoria 4-H shotgun project.
"The grants help some of these kids who need help," he said. "We help those kiddos with safety and how to use those guns."
Hester credits two former committee members, Stanley Parry and Brett Morgan, for a lot of this year's success.
Both men died in a car accident in November.
"These guys were just neat individuals," Hester said. The association plans to dedicate their 2014 banquet to both men.
"I've worked with them for several years; they were go-getters," Hester said. "They would go out and get donors."
All South Texas chairmen will meet at the end of January and decide where to distribute the funds raised.