A campaign to raise money to cover budget cuts to the Huntington Blue Devil Marching Band program has produced $27,924.
The Band Parents Association recently made the donation to the Huntington school district. The funds were raised over three months through bake and pizza sales, a multi-family garage sale, a casino night and a local department store fundraiser.
About $36,000 was cut from the 2011-12 marching band budget.
The money raised is expected to help pay for transportation for students, equipment, the rental of portable lights for the high school field and other expenses.
“We had a tremendous amount of community support,” said Band Parents Association co-president Martha Ironman.
But she expressed concern that if the budget is cut again next year, the community might not respond as generously. Co-president Phil Antonucci was more blunt.
“We should not have to do this next year,” Antonucci said. “The balance between some of the other budget cuts and our program is just ridiculous. And this year we still have $10,000 to $15,000 to go.”
Both Ironman and Antonucci said the fundraising will continue during the summer with car washes.