Recently TFB reported that Henry Repeating Arms had launched a fundraising initiative to help the family of Preslie Mantsch, a Michigan child who was diagnosed with Leukemia earlier this year. They had produced 65 special edition .22 Golden Boy rifles with PRESLIE01 to PRESLIE65 serial numbers, and a “Prayers for Preslie” logo on the stock. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the direct sale of 63 of the rifles, as well as Gunbroker auctions for the final two, were to be donated to the Mantsch family to assist with the cost of Preslie’s cancer treatment. This “Guns for Great Causes” campaign has been completed, with the sale of all Preslie firearms and the end of the two auctions. Direct sales accounted for more than $38,000 raised, and the auctions for the first and last serials fetched another $8,600. Henry has issued the following press release about this heart-warming effort.
RICE LAKE, WI – The leading lever-action firearms manufacturer, Henry Repeating Arms, donated a series of 65 custom rifles that raised a total of $47,040 to benefit the family of 3-year-old Preslie Mantsch from Iron River, Michigan. Preslie was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in April of this year and still has two years of treatment left. All proceeds from the sales and auctions of the rifles are being presented to the Mantsch family to assist with the medical expenses associated with childhood leukemia.
The “Prayers For Preslie” Edition Golden Boy Silver rifles were created under Henry Repeating Arms’ Guns For Great Causes banner, a charitable branch of the company that focuses on raising money through firearm donations for individual sick children, children’s hospitals, veterans’ organizations, shooting sports preservation, and wildlife conservation efforts. So far this year, the company has raised over $175,000 for individual families of sick children and presented Shriners International with a $52,500 check to assist with their philanthropic efforts with the renowned Shriners Children’s Hospitals.
The rifles, which sold for $620 each, sold out within a matter of hours after Henry’s initial announcement. The first and last serial numbers in the series were put up for auction and pulled in an additional $6,525 and $2,075, respectively.
Anthony Imperato, President and Owner of Henry Repeating Arms says, “With Preslie’s father being a frontline medical worker in their community’s fire and ambulance departments, I just can’t imagine the struggle this family has been through so far this year.” Imperato continues, “I want to personally thank everyone who chose to support this family with the purchase of a rifle, and I look forward to seeing little Preslie conquer her road to remission. We’re all rooting for her.”
Henry firearms can only be purchased through a licensed firearms dealer. For more information about Henry Repeating Arms and its products, visit henryusa.com or call 866-200-2354.
If you missed out on this “Guns for Great Causes” campaign but would still like to help Preslie and her family, please consider donating to her GoFundMe campaign. TFB joins with the larger firearms community in wishing Preslie all the best in her fight against cancer. We hope to hear that she is able to go into remission and make a full recovery. Thanks to all who supported Henry’s campaign! See you at the range.