The award-winning Fort Mill High School Marching Band launches a shoe drive fundraiser to raise money for a trip to Britain. Talk of the Town Carolinas host interviewed band booster parents Susan Certo, Jennifer Jameson, and the Drum Major Grace Kern to find out more about this year’s marching program, the trip to Britain, and the shoe drive fundraiser to help raise money for the overseas trip. Watch our video to learn more and why the Fort Mill High School Band is the Talk of the Town.
Correction video footage credit – the 2nd band performance video clip at about 5:00 is by Jose Mercado. See more band performance video at Jose’s YouTube Channel.
The following is a press release from The Fort Mill High School Band, www.fortmillhsband.com/, is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser on September 20 to November 21, 2018 to raise funds for the Band’s trip to the Harrogate Music Festival in England in April 2019. Fort Mill is proud to be one of the select bands from around the world invited to perform. The Fort Mill Band will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, in collaboration with an organization called Funds2Orgs. Those dollars will be used to ship instruments and uniforms to England for the festival. Anyone can help by donating any type of gently worn, used and new shoes during business hours at the following locations:
• Fleet Feet Fort Mill, 1750 SC-160 #117, Fort Mill
• Fort Mill High School Front Office, 215 N U.S. 21 Bypass, Fort Mill
• Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill
• Planet Fitness, 825 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill (open 24 hours) Drop-off through October only
• Tega Cay Fire Department, 1195 Stonecrest Blvd, Tega Cay (open 24 hours)
• Tega Cay Fire Department, 5000 Tega Cay Dr, Tega Cay (open 24 hours)
• YMCA at Baxter, 857 Promenade Walk, Fort Mill
• YMCA at the Complex, 971 Tom Hall St, Fort Mill
• YMCA at Gold Hill, 1785 Gold Hill Rd, Tega Cay
All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout Funds2Orgs’ network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.
“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Susan Certo, President of the Band’s Booster Club. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for the Fort Mill Band, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the Fort Mill High School Marching Band Shoe Drive, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.
About the Fort Mill High School Band
The Fort Mill Band has been a source of pride in our community for more than 60 years. Whether performing at a home football game, competing in a professional stadium, or marching in a world-famous parade before thousands of spectators, we are committed to excellence in music, marching, and personal conduct. We build our program on seven core values – selflessness, integrity, respect, peace, loyalty, unity, maturity – and believe this value system helps shape our students into strong leaders for tomorrow
More than 200 students perform in multiple ensembles: marching band, wind symphony, symphonic band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and color and winter guard.
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