16 May Barrett Supports Child Advocacy Center
26 Feb 2011
In perfect “high-caliber” form, founder & CEO Ronnie Barrett and his wife, former State Representative Donna Rowland Barrett, attended a benefit for the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center called the Legacy Ball and created some buzz during the live auction.
Ronnie donated a personal tour of the Barrett Firearms Manufacturing plant to the highest bidder, but didn’t stop there. Amidst the frenzy of bidding, he and Mrs. Barrett stepped up to the microphone and encouraged others to bid by donating additional tours. When the evening ended, the Advocacy Center netted over $10,000 through the donated tours.
Ronnie said the idea for doing tours came about last year because of a great interest. “We get telephone calls almost every day asking if we do public tours. The calls come from throughout the state and all over the country. Some people say that they’re planning a trip to Tennessee and would like to visit us. Because we are a closed shop with high-security and production schedules to meet, it is just not conducive for public tours, so our answer has to be ‘no’.
“But because there is so much interest, we hit upon the idea of doing a few selective tours to benefit charities that are important to us. All together, our company raised over $50,000 in 2010 for some favorite charities through the tours.”
Barrett added, “Donna and I encourage the valuable work being done on behalf of the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center. We’re impressed with the Center’s mission and pleased that our donation of tours supports the cause.”