What’s in a Name? Gun Bashes or Gun Blitzes?
Try Them, You’ll Like Them
Do you want to have some fun outside of a banquet setting by enjoying a great time with like-minded folks? Do you want a great opportunity to win a gun or other awesome prizes? Then you need to come on out to a Gun Bash!
What’s this Gun Bash? It is a fun evening with the chance to win firearms while raising dollars for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. It’s an evening that only lasts a couple hours where the chapter has a selection of firearms available through raffles, games and playing card blitzes. There can be a bucket raffles, a silent auction of special items and a bonus bucket raffle area. We want everyone to walk out of the event being excited and carrying something home.
Gun Bashes began in 2012 with the Lakeshore Chapter in Michigan hosting the first such event as a way to break up the year in the fall and have some fun with the approach of hunting season. What better way to start the hunting season off by winning a new firearm? Michigan now hosts three to four Gun Blitzes around the state each year.
“People like the idea of a short mid-week event with minimal cost to attend, which provides the opportunity to win firearms,” said Doug Doherty, regional director for Michigan. “Gun Bashes provide chapters an additional revenue source and an opportunity to both expand the chapter recognition in an area and to recruit new volunteers and members. It is also a fun night out that does not require the same amount of in-depth preparation as a banquet. These are relatively simple events to host and they do not take an entire committee to execute them--usually only three to five people, an FFL dealer and a facility that can provide bar service and a meal. Some of the locations we have utilized thus far include bowling alleys, VFW halls, sportsman clubs and country clubs. We find that hosting a Gun Bash works best in the middle of the week in the evening, only lasting a couple hours, which allows our friends a mid-week break from work and they get home early.”
Typically, Gun Bashes are hosted in areas where there is not an RMEF banquet. These events can be utilized as an additional fundraiser or for new chapter starts. New committees can learn the banquet process on a smaller scale. The evening dinner is easy and affordable. We have served everything from all-you-can-eat fish to chicken or burgers and brats. This keeps the cost of tickets reasonable and since membership is not required to attend, new faces will knock at the door. As memberships are important, we also provide a membership sign-up table at the event with an incentive to join RMEF. A recent Gun Bash in Virginia led to the recruitment of more than 30 new members.
Gun Bash. Gun Blitz. Gun Extravaganza. Sportsmen’s Extravaganza. Call it what you want, but these events are fun, easy to do and, of course, are a great way to support the mission of RMEF!
RMEF Region One Vice President of Operations