Band will meet fund-raising goal soon |

Band will meet fund-raising goal soon

by Merrie Leininger, staff writer

With donations flowing in from the community, the Douglas High School band has decided to open what had been planned as a fund-raising concert and make it free to the public.

Band Director Bill Zabelsky said that as of Tuesday morning, the band had collected $48,000 and he predicted the group will make its goal of $65,000.

The band has been fund-raising since late December for a trip to Washington, D.C., to play before the Inauguration of George W. Bush.

Tuesday night, Zabelsky and some band students went before the Douglas County school board to ask for $15,000. That decision was made after press time.

“If we get money tonight, and with the money we plan to get from the silent auction at the concert, we should be right there. We should reach our goal. Everybody’s welcome to come to the concert. They need to come hear the Inaugural band,” Zabelsky said.

The band will be performing Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the high school.

Zabelsky said they will still have a jar out for donations, but admission will be free. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction at the concert.

The raffle tickets cost $5 and the prize is a gourmet dinner for six provided by DHS Principal Charlie Condron and vice principals Susan Baldwin and Tom Morgan.

The raffle tickets can be bought in the band room at the high school, from any band member or at the concert.

Some items already gathered for the auction are an antique cash register, 25 new Beanie Babies and a night stay at the Embassy Suites.

For more information about the silent auction, contact Marla Whitaker at 265-1620, Kathryn Chase at 265-2054 or Laura Jeanne Hammer at 265-2306.