Henry Repeating Arms, a company well-known for its faithful support for NRA junior programs, is now stepping up for a youngster in a much more personal way by donating 100 custom rifles to benefit little Grayson Sutton, a 4-year old from Sedan, Kan., who has been battling Primary Pulmonary Hypertension since May. The disease caused the little girl to spend 45 days in Denver Children’s Hospital where she underwent a heart catheter, two lung biopsies, two lung lavages and had a central line placed so her medicine can be continuously delivered. Mostly likely Grayson will require a lung transplant, and accordingly she travels to Denver monthly for testing and medication updates.
The donated Henry Frontier .22 Lever Actions have been customized with a hand-painted sunflower, the state flower of Kansas, along with the script “Get Well Grayson” on the American walnut buttstock. The rifles bear custom serial numbers ranging from GWG001 to GWG100. Serial number 1 will be auctioned on www.gunbroker.com starting September 15 and will conclude November 29. The remaining 99 units will be sold by authorized Henry dealers (gun shops) throughout Kansas starting September 15. The United Sporting Goods Company’s distribution outlet, Simmons Guns in Olathe, Kan., will distribute the rifles to Henry dealers. Interested consumers should visit their local Henry dealer as soon as possible. The 100 Get Well Grayson rifles are expected to generate in excess of $40,000.
Miss Sutton’s family received nearly $10,000 from Henry Repeating Arms in July after a custom Golden Boy .22 rifle was raffled at the Chautauqua County Fair and Rodeo in Sedan, Kan. That rifle bore the inscription: “Get well Grayson. We are all rooting for you. Ranch Rodeo, July 10th, 2014.” The serial number was Grayson’s initials and birthdate: GRS011810. The rifle generated $4,900 at the event and Anthony Imperato, Henry’s president, also donated $5,000. Both donations were made as part of Henry’s Guns For Great Causes program. Imperato explains, “Our prayers are with Grayson and her family. It’s an honor to do whatever we can to help them get through this challenging time.”