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Band hits quarter mark on way to Washington, D.C.

by Sheila Gardner

With about three weeks to go, the Douglas High School Fighting Tiger marching band is 25 percent of the way toward its goal of $100,000 to send the young musicians to the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Bush.

“I feel really good about where we are today, but we have a long way to go,” music director Bill Zabelsky said Monday.

The fund-raising deadline is Jan. 15.

According to the music department Web site, the Fighting Tigers had $24,231 as of Monday. Zabelsky said he would update the site – http://www.douglasmusic.net – every day so the community can see how the fund-raising is going.

The total includes $5,000 from the Douglas High Music Boosters, $3,000 from individual donors, $6,231 band members raised last week playing in front of grocery stores and Sunday at Wal-Mart and $10,000 pledged by G.E. Energy of Minden.

“We’re 25 percent there,” Zabelsky said Monday.

Several fund-raisers are scheduled this week and next including four “band nights” at local restaurants and New Year’s Eve baby-sitting at Carson Valley United Methodist Church.

Parent Len Frueh, vice president of the music boosters, said four restaurants had offered to host band nights, donating 10 percent to 15 percent of their sales to the fund-raising efforts.

The first is set for Friday, New Year’s Eve, at the Coyote Sports Bar & Grill, 1328 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Jody Valente said the restaurant is to donate 10 percent of its food and bar proceeds between 5 and 10 p.m.

“We just want to help out the kids,” Valente said.

He said the restaurant hosted a similar event for the Douglas PeeWees and raised close to $10,000 to help send the Pop Warner football team to Orlando, Fla.

“We’re more than thrilled with their offer,” Frueh said. “We would encourage families to have dinner there New Year’s Eve. As somebody said, ‘You have to eat anyway.’ Why not come out and support the band?”

On Jan. 3, Jethro’s Oven & Grill, 1281 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville Ranchos, will donate 10 percent of its sales from 5 to 10 p.m. Rancho Grande Mexican restaurant, 1404 Highway 395, Gardnerville, is set to donate 15 percent on Jan. 6. Pizza Barn, 1544 Highway 395, Gardnerville, is to donate 10 percent on Jan. 8.

“We suggested slow nights for this, but people are so generous, they suggested we do it on their busy nights,” Frueh said. “This community is so giving.”

On New Year’s Eve, band parents and students will offering baby-sit from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane.

The cost is $10 per child with pre-registration and $15 at the door and includes snacks and activities while the children’s parents ring in the New Year.

Frueh said children of any age are welcome, including infants.

“We have parents ready to change diapers,” he said.

In addition, the Adopt-A-Band program is still under way in which community members are invited to pledge $25 for individual band members, $100 for a section or $1,000 for the band. Participants will receive a picture of their adoptee and a certificate.

“I want to say thank-you to the community,” Frueh said. “We have had a lot of wonderful brainstorming and fund-raising ideas that we couldn’t use because we just didn’t have the time. The fund-raising will continue after the inauguration. It’s our goal to have a nice-size treasury with the music boosters for future events.”

— Sheila Gardner can be reached at sgardner@recordcourier.com or 782-5121, ext. 214.

UPCOMING EVENTS

— Anyone wishing to donate for the band’s trip to the inauguration may send donations to Douglas High School, PO Box 1888, Minden, NV, 89423 or contact music director Bill Zabelsky, 782-5136, ext. 1102.

— New Year’s Eve, band parents and students will baby-sit from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane.

The cost is $10 per child with pre-registration and $15 at the door and includes snacks and activities. Information, Diana Altemara, 265-7105, Davelyn Miyashiro, 265-6769.

— Area restaurants are hosting “band nights” with a percentage of sales going to the fund-raising effort.

New Year’s Eve, Coyote Sports Bar & Grill, 1328 Highway 395, Gardnerville, is to donate 10 percent of sales from 5 to 10 p.m.;

Jan. 3, Jethro’s Oven & Grill, 1281 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville Ranchos, 10 percent of sales from 5 to 10 p.m.;

Jan. 6, Rancho Grande Mexican restaurant, 1404 Highway 395, Gardnerville, is set to donate 15 percent on Jan. 6, 5 to 10 p.m.;

Jan. 8, Pizza Barn, 1544 Highway 395, Gardnerville, is to donate 10 percent from 5 to 9 p.m.

Restaurants that wish to participate can contact Len Frueh at 265-8872.

— Donations will be accepted after all the Masses Jan. 1-2 at St. Gall Catholic Church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

— A benefit concert and silent auction is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Douglas High School, Minden.

— Jenkins Communications owner Mike Jenkins is donating $50 from every Nextel activation and $100 from each DISH Network installation to the band. He can be reached at 783-3491.

— For updates or to make contributions, check the Douglas High School music department Web site, http://www.douglasmusic.net.