Gerald Ricke, Director of Bands
address: 18725 Bates Avenue, Eustis, FL 32736
phone: 352-357-6220

Friday, April 11, 2014

Some of our last fundraising events this year. We would love student involvement.

I am writing regarding some of our last fundraising events this year.

First we are having our food donation picked up by Hearts and Hands on May 2, 2014. This is a Friday and they will be at the school at 4:30 sharply.

The plan is to load the truck up and any students even if they are not band students can follow the truck to Hearts and Hands. They are located at 231 N. Grove Street. Eustis FL 32727 Phone: 352-589-4011 ~ Fax: 352-589-4012.
They have a website at

You can see a small portion of the children helping out wit the food distribution during our Fall Food

Drive. Literally only taking a half hour out of their lives at

It was pretty fun and easy to raise almost 1,000 pounds of food, so please send in some non-perishables or can fruit or vegetables to the food drive. And your students can get their friends involved because there is a bin in the front office for food items.

That same night May 2, 2014 we are going to have a spot at The First Friday Street Fest. If you or your child can come support this event we would love to have the students helping with the fundraiser by taking in the cash, talking to the community, those responsibilities that we promote throughout the school year.  An awesome part of this event is a parent art donation y Kate Carney ad it will be on display for auction as well as a slideshow of the students in the class room and in competition. This event is from 6-10, however it is not necessary to be there the entire time unless you are wanting to.

If you or your student can help please just return this email with an okay. We will have tickets to the May BBQ that we are having with the Elks Lodge, drawings, and the few pieces of art that are left.

It is important to represent our band this evening as the Elks BBQ is a very important fundraiser as it will
ensure the band to start of next year with a starting amount of funds. To be honest this year when we started the school year the band had about three hundred dollars because last year we voted to invest in becoming non-profit. This year we were lucky enough to afford a larger trailer. But we need sponsors for that trailer and such so the funds need to be there so The Music Association can find those sponsors.

The Elks BBQ is on May 10, 2014. At the Elks Lodge located at 2540 Dora Ave, Tavares, FL 32778. Cross Streets: Between David Walker Dr and Lake Villa Dr. Tickets are available through your students and they are only $10 per plate and your plate is filled with delicious 1/4 chicken and pulled pork, coleslaw, BBQ baked beans and a dinner roll. Pick up, Eat in and business deliveries are available. If you are wanting tickets please ask your student or feel free to return this email or call our event coordinator, Chris Boyette at 352-589-1045

The great thing about this BBQ is the Elks Lodge does all the hard work. They cook the delicious meal, serve it on the plates. ALL we need to do is sell tickets and also we would love some student volunteers to help with money taking and small responsibilities. Not to mention just representing the band.

This fundraiser is a great way for us to work with an organization that helps with this type of events all the time. AND we are teaming up with the Eustis High School Panther Band! This is a great way for the 8th graders to get to know the high school band as well as raise funds for their year next year. 

The exciting part of this busy month is that at the Spring Concert we can announce to the community and school board members just how well the food drive and BBQ went for us! And do not forget to look for sales on items for the gift baskets. The Winter Concert raised $700 and that goes along way to help with Summer Band Camp, scholarships and instrument repairs.

So this is a long email but breaking it down is The Spring Food Drive all month.

Hearts and Hands opportunity on May 2, 2014. Please email me back if you and your student would like to be apart of this after school community event.

The First Friday Street Fest on May 2, 2014 Please email me back if you and your student would like to be apart of this after school community event.

The Elks BBQ May 10, 2014  Please email me back if you and your student would like to be apart of this after school community event.

Spring Concert May 15, 2014, donations needed so please look for those awesome sales to make the bang for the buck. 

Thank you for your time and as the year is coming to the end,
Thank you for all you do we just love our band parents!

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