Terri Hansen, president of the Gorge Heroes Club, recently received a donation of two guns to help raise money for holiday care packages that will be sent to a Marine unit in Afghanistan, and given to local National Guard families.
“This is a great opportunity for the sportsmen and sportswomen in the community to get a quality firearm while helping our troops and combat veterans,” she said.
The Colt M-4 Carbine .22LR and SAR/European American Armory 9MM Luger were donated to the club by Cliff Mansfield, Inc., of Parkdale. Both weapons come with a package that includes ammunition and accessories, such as a holster for the Luger and an illuminated scope for the Colt.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of Mr. Mansfield, this is the perfect type of fundraiser for an organization that takes care of warriors,” said Hansen.
She said the drawing for both guns will take place as soon as 500 tickets have been sold. For more information online about the cost of tickets, or to make a purchase online, access http://gorgeheroesclub.blogspot.com/ or the group’s Facebook page.
Arrangements can also be made to purchase tickets in person in either The Dalles or Hood River by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hansen said the drawing for both guns will take place within seven days of the 500th ticket being sold and witnessed by four people, two of which will be board members for the club.
The holder of the first winning ticket will receive his/her choice of either the pistol or rifle and the remaining firearm will be awarded to the second winner. All entrants must be at least 21 to receive the handgun and 18 to collect the rifle.
If the winner is unable to pass a background check conducted by Mansfield, they will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be drawn.
The new gun owners will be notified via phone of the drawing results, which will also be posted on the website and Facebook page.
Hansen said proceeds will be used to put together boxes of comfort and care items for USMC Cpl. Jalyssa Nava and her Marines at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. She is also going to distribute some of the items that are mailed over for Christmas to Marines in more primitive encampments.
“We are going to put some smiles on the faces of these heroes,” said Hansen. “And we have many Guard families in Hood River and The Dalles who are struggling financially right now with their soldier going to college or unemployed so we want to make sure they also have a merry Christmas.”