Letter: Dale Carr gets thanks for pinch-hit role at auction

May. 17, 2013 @ 11:46 PM


As many in Sevier and surrounding counties are aware, over the years Dale Carr has given generously of his time, talents and resources to both individuals and organizations in need. April 20 witnessed yet another unselfish act on his part when he came to the aid of the Friends of NRA.

Friends of NRA is the non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable arm of the greater organization that raises and disburses funds to programs that teach firearms safety, support youth and other shooting teams and sports, provide leadership scholarships to high school juniors and seniors, help municipal law enforcement with needed resources, promote marksmanship training, contribute to conservation efforts, and much, much more.

One of a number of such local causes for which funds have been provided is the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, making possible the $2,800 mascot costume and related materials to the Sevierville Police Department for use in schools and other organizations, where young children in pre-K to third grade level are taught Eddie’s life saving message of, “If you see a gun, STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.”

Since its inception nationwide in 1988, fatal firearm accidents by children in that age group have been reduced by over 80 percent! Since its beginnings in 1992, Friends of NRA has raised over $200 million for these sorts of efforts, and the local chapter has been a growing part of that for the past eight years.

Saturday evening, April 20, was the once-a-year fundraising banquet in Sevier County. Literally 30 minutes before the live auction was to begin it was learned that the auctioneer for the event would be unable to attend. The live and silent auctions are a very significant part of the revenue raised at these dinners and we found ourselves in a pickle in a hurry.

Rep. Carr was called on his cell phone, only to learn he was just returning home from a long and exhausting week attending to his responsibilities in Nashville, he had not eaten, and he was understandably anxious to see his family. Despite all that, he changed plans and directions, arriving at the banquet facility just in time.

His first words were, “Just give me a cup of coffee and I’ll be ready to go.” And go he did, managing almost two hours of non-stop, fast paced auction action and doing so with his usual energy, humor and enthusiasm. He was made aware of a need, and he immediately responded without further consideration for himself.

So thanks, Dale. And thanks, too, to your family members who had to postpone their week’s end reunion with you by an additional three hours or so. You made a most significant contribution to a most significant organization that night. One that will be appreciated in many ways for a long time to come.

Jim Bruce


Smokies Friends of NRA