Lions Club gives $10K to bandPublished 2:56pm Friday, January 18, 2013
The Benjamin Russell High School band is now $10,500 richer thanks to the Alexander City Lions Club.
“We’re thrilled to be able to support and encourage the band in what they do,” said club president Chris Burley. “We want to bring recognition to our great band. There are not many towns of our size with the great quality of band that we have.”
Burley said money raised from the BRHS concession stand helps the club to make the annual donation.
“We helped get the band started in the 1930’s and we’ve supported them ever since,” said Burley, who presented band director Dale Bloodworth with a check Thursday.
Bloodworth said the donation would be used to offset general costs of the band.
“We don’t earmark it anymore. We put it directly into paying our bills,” Bloodworth said. “Our fundraising has decreased significantly due to the economy.”
Bloodworth said even though the amount of money the band has been able to raise has decreased in recent years, costs have not.
“We haven’t tallied the actual numbers for this season yet,” Bloodworth said. “But our travel costs for the 2011 season were around $17,500 and I’m guessing this year will be very close.”
Bloodworth said the band’s finances have also been negatively impacted by five-digit budget cuts.
Burley said the Lions Club is happy to be able to contribute to the band.
“Art and music are one of the first things cut during budget cuts,” Burley said. “I understand academics have to come first, but I think kids need these programs too. (The band) adds so much. We’re glad to be able to help.”