Lions Mabry Cook and Tim Kennedy present a check to Dale Bloodworth, director of the BRHS marching band. | Robert Hudson
Lions Mabry Cook and Tim Kennedy present a check to Dale Bloodworth, director of the BRHS marching band. | Robert Hudson

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Lions donate $13,500 to BRHS marching band

Published 7:46pm Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Alexander City Lions Club continued to celebrate its long-standing relationship with the Pride of Alexander City Wildcat Marching Band.

During Tuesday’s Lions Club meeting, the civic organization donated $13,500 to the BRHS band.

BRHS band director Dale Bloodworth, who accepted the check on behalf of the band, said the band’s long relationship with the Lions Club and other civic organization helps them in numerous ways.

“The participation of the Lions has been a real lifeblood for our program for the last several years,” Bloodworth said. “This has allowed us to be able to travel to away games, to maintain our inventory – we still haven’t been able to build and develop, but we’ve been able to repair instruments and keep our uniforms in good condition. We have been able to provide good, educational opportunities for our kids and do the things bands are able to do.

“We wouldn’t be able to do it without this help from the Lions Club.”

Billy Wall, 2nd Vice President of the Alexander City Lions Club, said the Lions Club is always happy to give back to the band and the community.

“The bulk of that donation comes from the concession stand work. When people eat at the concession stand, it helps the band, especially if they have someone in the band,” Wall said. “Giving back, you can’t express that feeling – you have to be a part of it to really experience it. The idea of knowing you helped a needy family or an organization around here is wonderful. Everything we get, goes right back into the community.”

From July 2013 to June 2014, the Lions Club has budgeted $29,250 in contributions to community organizations that include the BRHS band, Alabama Lions Sight, Eye Glasses DHR, Eye Screening Schools, Children’s Harbor, Tallapoosa Christian Crisis Center, autism awareness, Child Advocacy, Meals on Wheels, Adelia M. Russell Library, Lake Martin Animal Shelter, scholarships for BRHS graduates, children’s Christmas and Camp Seal Harris.

Wall encourages those interested to join the Lions Club, which is looking for new members.

Wall said the club has open door meetings the first and third Tuesday night of every month at 6 p.m. at Alexander City Methodist Church.

To join, contact any Lions Club member, or contact Wall at 256- 329-8060.