Featured Volunteer of the Week for April 10 - April 16

Ray Campbell
Wilmington, North Carolina Friends of NRA
10 years of service

Individual Activities:

  • - Sold 35 sponsorships totaling $16,250
  • - Acquired over 25 donations valued over $5,000
  • - Estimated time spent on banquet activities throughout the year is 2

  • “A lifetime shooting sports enthusiast, Mr. Campbell has been working on behalf of The NRA Foundation for over 20 years in the Eastern North Carolina region. He attended his first Friends of NRA event in 1994 and has not missed a dinner since. Ray has served as the Chairman of the local Friends of NRA chapter for over a decade, sits on the North Carolina state NRA Foundation Grant Committee, and for the last 6 years has served as the President of the 425 member Buccaneer Gun Club in Leland, N.C.

    Ray believes strongly in the Friends of NRA mission of supporting the growth and development of the shooting sports, especially when it comes to youth. He is passionate about helping young shooting sports enthusiasts in all disciplines and ensures that local youth from throughout the southeastern NC region have opportunities to learn safe, responsible firearms handling.  He is an NRA certified Shotgun Instructor and Range Safety Officer and has led Buccaneer Gun Club in sponsoring multiple Youth Rifle and Skeet clinics over the years, supported the Boy Scouts of America in skeet tournament fund raisers, served as a Range Safety Officer and Match Director in the International Defensive Pistol Association, helped with skeet tournament fundraisers for the local Hospice association, and many more activities.

    A Life member of NRA with over 50 years of shooting experience, Ray has also distinguished himself as a competitor in multiple shooting disciplines including Skeet, 3-Gun, Action Pistol and as an Expert ranked member in the International Defensive Pistol Association.

    Since he stepped up to lead the Wilmington Friends of NRA committee, they have seen an exponential growth in the size of their events and in the funds they generate. When he attended his first Friends of NRA dinner over 2 decades ago, it consisted of around 30 attendees. 10 years ago, that number had grown to over 300, and for the past 5 years, their group has sold out their venue with over 500 guests, including 20 VIP Corporate Tables.  Under his leadership, they have consistently performed in the top tier of the entire state of North Carolina.

    During the quieter months after their big events, Ray can often be found at his home club with his sleeves rolled up doing everything from building new targeting systems, to repairing equipment and mowing ranges. A tireless leader by example, over his lifetime Mr. Campbell has volunteered over 10,000 hours on behalf of The NRA Foundation and the shooting sports in North Carolina.”

    -- Tra Storey, NRA Field Representative


    The 2016 Volunteers of the Year are sponsored by Ripcord Travel Protection