Fundraiser will offer a "Gun-a-Week Drawing" throughout 2009

Too many kids are spending too little time outdoors. That's an issue that Pass It On-Outdoor Mentors would like to change. The Wichita-based organization works to find mentors for children who want outdoor experiences. Teaming with youth mentoring organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, which has more than 100 years of mentoring experience, Outdoor Mentors hopes to make a difference in the lives of Kansas Kids.

The group's latest effort to raise awareness of the issue and money to fund youth hunts and other outdoor programs is a "Gun-a-Week-Drawing." Throughout 2009, Outdoor Mentors will offer ticket purchasers a chance to win a gun every week for 52 weeks, beginning the first week of March. Each ticket enters the purchaser in a drawing every week for a new firearm. After 52 weekly drawings, all of the winning tickets will be pooled for a bonus drawing, guaranteeing that one lucky person will win at least two guns. A consolation drawing will be held for everyone who did not win during the weekly drawings.

Drawing winners will be notified weekly. Those who participate in the Gun-a-Week Drawing can check winners weekly at the Outdoor Mentors website www.outdoormentors. Click "2009 Gun-a-Week Tickets are now Available" for weekly winners or to purchase tickets. Each ticket requires a $50 donation. For a $100 donation, participants receive three tickets. Tickets may also be obtained by phoning Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or by emailing

The average value of firearms in the drawing is $800, with firearms from the following manufacturers: Benelli, Beretta, Browning, CZ Firearms, Franchi, Henry Repeating Arms, Remington, Savage, and TriStar Sporting Arms.