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AHS band raising funds to buy new uniforms

 

April 25, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

The Arlington High School Jazz Combo helps provide the entertainment at a dinner fundraiser for new band uniforms on April 18. From left, Arlington High School students Isaac Carlin, Dean Shepherd, Johnathan Leon Guerrero and Alex Coghill.

The Arlington High School band continued their efforts to raise funds for new uniforms with a live jazz dinner on April 18.

Wild Rose Bistro & Catering hosted the evening, and many downtown businesses stayed open late and pledged a portion of their profits to the AHS Band Boosters.

The AHS Band Boosters is trying to raise $107,000 for the uniforms.

Each uniform costs $600 "so it adds up to a lot of money," said Jennifer Egger, a member of the AHS Band Boosters and the Executive Director of the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce.

"These current uniforms were purchased 27 years ago when the band program was much smaller," she said.

The band program now has about 180 students who participate.

This presents a couple of problems for members of the band.

"Not all the kids are able to wear a uniform at events," said Egger, "and the kids that are able to wear some, their parents sometimes have to spend a lot of time fixing them up or sewing something together."

Because of that, the AHS Band Boosters decided to start formal fundraising this year.

The Arlington School District has pledged $30,000, said Egger, and so far the band has raised an additional $15,000 through car washes, bake sales and other efforts like selling s'mores kits during Arlington's Hometown Holidays last December.

Their latest fundraiser was the April 18 jazz dinner.

Downtown Arlington business owners also held a "Shop for a Cause" event during the same night, where a portion of their profits would be donated to the band and they would be open during the evening.

"When I found out that Wild Rose was doing their dining fundraiser, I'm the one who said 'maybe we should all piggyback on this,'" said Suzi Quillen, owner of downtown business Perfectly Knotty.

Downtown businesses Perfectly Knotty, Reclaimed Heart, Velo Sport, Arlington Pickers, Katelyn's Korner and Arlington Health Food all participated.

"I love having the marching band here and seeing them march in the parades," said Quillen, "so this is to show the kids that we care. As a small business owner I think its just really important for us to have that connect in our community."

Quillen hopes that the downtown businesses can run more evening "Shop for a Cause" events in the future for other goals as well.

"I also think it's really good because it gets people to come into downtown and walk around and see what businesses are around here," she said.

"A lot of times their work schedule doesn't allow them to come shop down here as we're all closing up around five or six o'clock," she said.

Egger said that the next fundraising event for the AHS band's uniforms will be at the Swing into Spring concert on May 11 and 12.

A silent auction has been added to that annual event.

Arlington High School band members are continuing their own efforts as well.

"I'm really proud that the kids have been so engaged with the fundraising," said Egger.

"We want to thank the community for all their support," she said.

She hopes that local residents will continue to support the cause.

"These band kids are out for a lot of things in our community. They support the high school's teams and march for the parades, so it's time we do something for them as well," she said.

The boosters are still collecting items for the upcoming silent auction and anyone that wants to help or donate can contact Jennifer Egger at 360-659-5453.

 

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