Thanks to a generous $10,000 donation from an anonymous donor, the Monett High School marching band has achieved its fundraising goal of $70,000. The money raised by the group will be used to finance the band's trip to Washington, D.C., to perform in the Memorial Day Parade, which will take place at the end of the month.
"It's been a long process but we are thrilled to have finally reached our goal," said Susan Childress, fundraising co-chair. "We would like to thank all of our sponsors and local businesses for their support."
The $70,000 fundraising mark was based on the fact that it will cost students $925 each to make the trip, and there are 75 band students. According to Childress, students, their parents and members of the Band Boosters organization worked hard to raise funds so that every band student can march in the parade.
"The students are honored to march in the Memorial Day Parade and proud to represent Missouri and the Monett community," said Childress. "The band is really looking forward to the trip."
According to Childress, donations and sponsorships have greatly reduced the overall cost of the trip for each student.
Throughout the school year, marching band students participated in 14 different fundraisers, which raised close to $18,000. These efforts included designing and working on a room in the Jaycees Haunted house, directing traffic at the EFCO picnic, hosting a garage sale and car wash and conducting a scrap metal collection.
Parent payments accounted for $22,000 of the fundraising total.
Major sponsors who contributed to the band trip are listed below by funding level.
* Platinum: Pearl Foundation; Wallace Family Foundation; IDF; EFCO; and Walmart.
* Gold: Ralph and Mary K. Scott in memory of Captain Edward Monroe Scott, World War II Air Corps Pilot; VFW Post 4207; and DAV Chapter 64.
* Silver: Rhonda Colton; Huntress Visionhealth Eye Center; RE/MAX Properties; Kevin and Toni Williams; MO Gas Energy; First State Bank of Purdy; and Countryside Christian Church.
* Bronze: Exeter Livestock and UMB Bank.
Childress said there were also additional sponsors who donated generously to the effort but wished to remain anonymous.