The annual pre-SHOT Show® golf outing to benefit the charity Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) raised $50,000 at the 2020 event. HAVA is a 501(c)(3) organization formed by companies in the shooting and outdoor industry that raises money to support disabled veterans as they work through the healing process and reintegrate into civilian life through guided hunts, target shooting events and other outdoor sports activities.
The 6th Annual NSSF®/HAVA Golf Classic took place Sunday, Jan. 19, two days before the official opening of the 2020 SHOT Show. The renowned Bear’s Best Las Vegas once again hosted this tremendously popular SHOT Week event, one that’s designed to provide networking, entertainment and a great way to kick off the show for those arriving early to Las Vegas before Industry Day at the Range, SHOT University and Supplier Showcase.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, owns and operates the SHOT Show. This year’s golf outing was attended by 146 professionals from the firearms industry. Both individuals and four-person teams played the top-rated Jack Nicklaus-designed course. All entries included round-trip transportation from the Sands Expo Center to Bear’s Best, golf cart rental, course fees, course balls, breakfast and lunch. Awards were presented to team and individual winners, and all players participated in a variety of contests and raffles that offered everyone a chance at some great prizes.
A number of sponsors also contributed to the success of this year’s 18-hole outing. Those sponsors include:
- Georgia USA (Georgia Department of Economic Development)—Silver
- Geissele Automatics—Bronze
- SIG Sauer—Bronze
- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)—Bronze
“With 2020’s funds, the NSSF/HAVA Golf Tournament has raised more than $350,000 in the six years we’ve held this event before SHOT Show,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “It’s one small way we can thank our country’s veterans for doing all they can to protect America’s freedoms, and we extend our thanks to the event’s sponsors for helping us continue this tradition of fundraising through this outing.”