By Cindy Jo Ayers
Just over 330 supporters, a sell out crowd, attended the 17th Annual Suwannee River Friends of the NRA at Trenton Elementary Cafeteria. Several Judges were on hand to enjoy the evening, including Gilchrist County Judge Sheree Lancaster, as well as Judge James Browning of Levy County. Also several Sheriffs attended including Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz and Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods plus many Gilchrist and Levy first responders.
NRA Field Representative Bret Eldridge was on hand to help out with the event which raised over $30,000 this year.
“As you can see we have a full house tonight, we appreciate all of you being here tonight” said Patty Galyean, Chairperson of the banquet committee of the Suwannee River Friends of the NRA. Galyean, a longtime NRA supporter, went on to thank the 12 committee members who work tirelessly each year to put on the banquet. The annual banquet is always the third Thursday in July, with planning for the event beginning in January.
Those supporters who attended the event enjoyed bidding on silent auction items, playing several games to win chances for great prizes, as well as a great deal of fellowship.
Bill Elrod of Elrod’s Auctions in Penney Farms, Florida was the auctioneer for the event.
Funds raised at this year’s banquet, as in the past, are contributed to the Friends of NRA Foundation, which each year benefits worthy groups such as 4-H shooting programs, JROTC shooting teams and Sheriff and Police Explorer shooting teams. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program for young children and many other educational and safety programs also benefit through grant applications.
The Suwannee River Friends of the NRA would like to thank Trenton Elementary School Principals Rhonda Adkins and Wendy Osteen for their help and support along with the support of the Gilchrist County School Board.
Full house at Annual NRA Banquet
By Cindy Jo Ayers