Maryville High School band members and boosters raised more than $3,000 and fed more than 200 patrons who turned out for their pancake breakfast at the high school on Sept. 19.
The $3,000-plus was deposited into individual student’s accounts to help cover transportation, uniforms and other fees associated with participation in band, said Deb and Tom Leonard, vice presidents of the MHS Band Boosters.
“We had a tremendous group of adults and student volunteers who fed approximately 200 hungry people. The list is very long, so I won’t attempt to name names, but you know who you are,” said Deb Leonard. “Just know that your hard work is much appreciated. The pancakes were plentiful, and our guests seemed to really enjoy themselves.”
Deb Leonard gave special thanks to Tim and Dawn Norton for working so diligently to secure the donations for food and supplies donations. “We couldn’t have done it without their help,” she said.
Sponsors for the event included Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Chik-fil-a. “Without their donations, it wouldn’t have been possible to donate 100 percent of the ticket sales to the students,” Deb said.
Deb Leonard said the event gave members the opportunity to help themselves because everything each student raised was credited to them individually. “It’s really good to have the opportunity to raise our own money,” Madeline Leonard said. “We’ve done it ourselves, so you feel more proud of it.”
Band director Tom DeLozier said he was proud of his band members for working to raise the funds. “It reaffirms to me they want to be here and want to be part of this and that they get more from it than just a class credit. Our kids love to play and perform,” he said. “They work so hard, even off the field, to stay in good standing.”
DeLozier also praised the parents of band members for participating and helping with band boosters. “We have 140 parents, and they’re active in running concessions,” he said. “In this day and age, lots of people are self-centered, but people here get out and help support each other.”