Women's participation in hunting and the shooting sports has been growing exponentially for several years. This was best reflected on Friday, April 25, at the 8th Annual Women's Leadership Forum Luncheon Auction. Tickets for the event were $250, and nearly 900 tickets were sold. More than $1 million was raised to fund programs to advance women's participation in hunting and the shooting sports.
Forum Co-chairs Suzie Brewster and Susan LaPierre welcomed everyone and Susan introduced her husband, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, who thanked all the women for their efforts at fighting for our firearm freedoms. "Women make up half the population in this country, and you have a great say in the direction our country will take. You are on the frontline in defending our freedom!"
LaPierre introduced a new NRA video to counter Michael Bloomberg's latest anti-gun initiative that focuses on moms and a new button was presented, "I Am An NRA Mom," which the women accepted with great applause.
Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Tom Selleck gave the keynote address. Selleck, an NRA Board member, is well-known for his Magnum PI series. He currently plays New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on the show "Blue Bloods." Selleck also donated a number of items from his "Magnum PI" series to be auctioned, including the "Pepsi watch," a Rolex that his Magnum character wore on the show, which fetched an amazing $45,000, and a Colt 1911 prop gun that he carried brought in $35,000.
Auctioneer Jack Christy guided the exuberent bidding for a variety of sought after items, including a Brent Dodd oil painting of two lions, and a T/C Venture bolt-action Rifle with accessory package and hunt with Smith & Wesson CEO James Debney. Smith & Wesson is the Presenting Sponsor of NRAWomen.TV.
The first annual NRA Women's Leadership Forum Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Brenda Potterfield of MidwayUSA for her exemplary service in support of the Second Amendment