NRA event sold out

11th annual event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday

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Organizers of an annual fundraising event for the Yampa Valley Friends of the National Rifle Association said the group has raised more money each year it's hosted the event.

That makes 10 straight years of earning more funds for youth-oriented activities.

"We do try to stay youth-oriented and focus on things for the kids," said Mindy Durkop, treasurer for the Yampa Valley Friends of the NRA.

The group is hoping for a similarly strong turnout this weekend. At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the group will host its 11th annual fundraising banquet at the Craig Holiday Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. As a testament to the event's popularity, Durkop said the 200 tickets, priced at $35 a piece, have sold out.

Last year, the event raised about $17,000, a good portion of which was funneled into activities for youths in the Yampa Valley, Durkop said.

In addition to a banquet, the fundraising event also will feature an auction, silent auction and drawings for prizes.

Proceeds raised through the event go toward funding Yampa Valley Friends of the NRA-sponsored scholarships for local youths. It has also paid for state-level competition rifles for youths, range development in Craig and Hayden, and police efforts to educate children on gun safety.

The Yampa Valley Friends of the NRA, a group formed about 14 years ago, has 10 to 15 members. Durkop said the group is a nonpolitical, grassroots organization tailored to helping local youths, providing education, conservation and gun safety.

Durkop said there is a waiting list of people who want to attend Saturday's event but do not have tickets.

Anyone with a ticket who will be unable to attend should call her at 824-9406 or 824-2150 for information about reselling tickets.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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