As of last week, the Cedaredge High School marching band and choir had reached the $24,000 mark in their fundraising campaign to pay costs of a trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring.
Band mom Lesley Lewis told a gathering of community leaders at the Cedaredge Library last Thursday that it will take an estimated total of $70,000 for the 48 band and choir members to make the trip along with their musical instruments and other luggage. They will perform in a by-invitation appearance during the nation's Memorial Day observance on the Washington Mall.
The band and choir received a $2,000 donation from the Western Colorado Community Foundation last week to add to their fundraising total.
In addition, an anonymous Cedaredge High School alumnus has made a challenge grant to the community for the project. If $5,000 is raised from other CHS alumni, it will be matched by the $5,000 challenge. Lewis told the DCI last week that the group was only $700 short of raising the needed $5,000 match required from CHS alumni.
The $2,000 donation from WCCF comes from the foundation's David Moore Fund.
Lewis also reports that the school musicians were invited to perform the national anthem at the Sept. 5 Colorado Rockies game, and a fundraising golf tournament is scheduled for Sept. 19 at Cedaredge Golf Club. The tournament had been originally scheduled for last month but was postponed to September.