The Cherokee High School Band Boosters has kicked off a major fundraising project with the goal of raising $50,000. Contributed photo.
ROGERSVILLE — The Cherokee High School Band Boosters have kicked off a major fundraising project which will continue throughout the football season home games, according to fundraising chairman Kim Cassidy.
According to Cassidy’s press release, the goal for this year is $50,000, with plans to purchase new uniforms and color guard accessories, assist in the cost of attending a major band competition and providing additional funds for the purchase of new marching band shows and concert band music.
“The Cherokee Marching Chiefs are an essential part of the heritage of the Big Red Nation,” Cassidy said. “The cost of operating a band with nearly 100 members is expensive, but we know we can count on the community, CHS alumni, and local businesses to help us fund opportunities and materials for the band.
Cassidy added, “While this is a lofty goal, we are confident we can meet or exceed our goal with our efforts. We are asking for donations and selling advertising at our home ball games, as well as writing grants, and hosting a Night of Dinner and Music and Silent Auction set tentatively for Sept. 9, 2013. We will also have donation cans at the concession stand at each home game for change.”
The CHS Band Boosters also operates the concession stand at all home games, which provides the funding for general operating costs for every school year.
Band uniforms typically have a life of 10 years. The CHS uniforms are 12 years old and need to be replaced.
Cassidy said that expense alone can be $20,000 to $30,000.
For a band student to be considered for college scholarships, they must participate in national competitions and honors bands.
CHS hasn’t had funds for national competitions in the past, and Cassidy said the boosters want to make this option available for students.
Cassidy said local businesses, individuals, and city and county leaders can expect a visit from a CHS Band Booster member, a letter, or an email requesting support in the coming weeks and months.
Contributions can be made out to Cherokee Band Boosters and may be mailed to P.O Box 113, Rogersville, TN 37857.
Cash donations may be made to Kim Cassidy, (423) 754-2862, or Darlene Lee (423) 923-0901.