The $35,000 raised by the Warhawks Boosters so far sounds like a lot of money, but the Seminole High School Marching Band needs $100,000 to be able to travel to California to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade this New Year’s Day. This thermometer outside the high school charts the progress of the fund-raising.
SEMINOLE – A large, green plastic alien and pastel butterfly prints tempted visitors to take them home during Seminole High School’s Saturday morning flea market. Even before the tables were completely set up, customers were whisking away items in grand style to support the Seminole Warhawk Marching Band.
“I live in the neighborhood and so do many of the students here,” said Hope Ridge, flea market customer. “I’m very supportive of the school.”
Good to her word, Ridge was buying household items. Ridge is a former Pinellas County teacher at Rio Vista Elementary School.More than 20 parents chipped in to sell their own and donated items.
“We are very appreciative of the community and parent support for the children,” said Cathy Hakes, a leader in the Road to Roses fund-raising effort.
Also on Saturday, band members were playing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in a music-a-thon with pledges.
“We felt the least we could do was turn out and offer our support by being here for part of the day,” Hakes added.
But the money is rolling in a little slowly these days.
“We’ve raised about $35,000,” said Hakes. “But we need a lot more.”
Several events are planned, like an appearance at Freedom Square on Labor Day weekend. The Seminole Sound Spectacular in October is another chance to earn big bucks. Parents are also still working a concession stand at Tropicana Field.
This whirlwind of efforts is all designed to get money for the 2005 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
“We are doing everything we can with the limited hours we have,” Hakes said.
She noted that the group is still looking for that major $20,000 sponsor to put patches on the band uniforms.
“They will be seen not only around the nation, but internationally,” Hakes said.