2004 — H&H Gun Range: For adopting a business philosophy that relies on community involvement as a cornerstone to success. Through the leadership offered by president Miles Hall, over 40,000 Oklahoma school children have been taught the basics of gun safety. Their leadership in Sensory Safaris has provided hands on wild life experiences to more than 800 local blind children.
2005 — Jay’s Sporting Goods: For exceptional service to the community through the Mentor Reading Program where employees are paid full wages to teach children to read, the Job Shadowing Program where local high schools use the store as a classroom for merchandising courses, and the generous support of the Untied Way and Children’s Charter, a non profit organization which gives kids the opportunity and equipment to hunt and fish.
2006 — Lipsey’s: For their extraordinary involvement and contributions to Baton Rouge, surrounding communities and the state of Louisiana. During Hurricane Katrina, Lipsey’s opened its warehouse for use as a relief staging area, donated 19 handguns to the Sheriff’s Department and spear-headed search and rescue operations. Following Hurricane Rita, Lipsey’s organized a relief fund for families. Throughout 2005, Lipsey’s supported fundraisers for a variety of organizations and was instrumental in establishing the Louisiana Sportsmen’s Caucus.
2007 — Ellett Brothers: For its leadership in demonstrating to the community how much people in the shooting business care. For raising $30,000 at its fourth consecutive silent auction for the Hunting and Shooting Sports Heritage Fund, bringing four-year donations to the fund totaling $160,000. For continuing its sponsorship of youth hunting and shooting programs in South Carolina, and for continuing its sponsorship of concealed weapons permit courses for the South Carolina senators and representatives.
2008 — Brownells: For its contributions to the NRA endowment for youth education programs, support of 4H programs in Iowa, the Progressive Farmer magazine’s youth shooting program, and the Iowa Pheasants Forever’s Build a Habitat program. For its first-of-a-kind gunsmith’s job fair. For its continued support of the NRA, including a NRA membership drive with 1,000 members signed up in 2007.
2009 — Kimber: For years of tremendous support of the shooting sports, gun owners and law enforcement through donations totaling $1,350,000. For donating $675,000 to the USA Shooting Team, making Kimber the largest donor of any firearms company in USA Shooting’s history. For donating $75,000 to the Los Angeles Police Department Memorial, and $600,000 worth of firearms to the NRA.
2010 — Ellett Brothers: For cultivating strong community bonds and support for those in need, including local charities such as the Adopt-A-Family Program and the We Care Food Pantry. For donating Christmas gifts to the children of The Boys Farm Inc. and Thornwell Home for Children in neighboring communities. For raising over $150,000 in five years to assist the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
2011 — Ellett Brothers: For its continuing mission of cultivating strong community bonds and supporting those in need. For passionately supporting local charities such as Adopt-A-Family and We Care Food Pantry. For continuing to reach out to the children in neighboring communities by donating Christmas gifts. For dedicated employees who exemplify the power of unity and compassion.
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