NRCA's 116th Annual Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans Feb. 11-14 provided a major boost to the association's political action committee, ROOFPAC, which depends on convention events to replenish its coffers. On Feb. 11, the convention's opening day, ROOFPAC hosted golf, tennis and sporting clays tournaments.
These functions raised roughly $100,000 from individual donations, or hard dollars, that can be used to support congressional candidates, and corporate sponsorships, or soft dollars, that are used to pay administrative costs. (See "Fighting for the industry," July 2002 issue, page 16, for more information about contribution designations and ROOFPAC.)
About 200 people participate in the golf tournament each year, and the scramble format takes about five hours to play. Because NRCA's trade show usually opens at 3 p.m. on the day all ROOFPAC sporting events are held, it is imperative golf courses be no more than 40 minutes driving time from a convention center and hotels. Course selection is limited further by the need for a facility with two 18-hole courses to facilitate player registration and distribution of goody bags, lunches and beverages.