The Emporia State Athletic Bands reached its fundraising goal of $12,000 Sunday, using an online crowdfunding campaign and donations from university offices. The money raised will go toward the band’s trip to the Corsicana Bowl in Corsicana, Texas where the ESU football team will face the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
“We’re going to support the athletics, we’re going to support our football team,” said William Woodworth, associate professor of music and director of Athletic Bands.
According to the web fundraiser, the highest donation given from an individual was $1,000. There was no name given for the donation.
Overall, $7,092 was raised from individuals in the online crowdfund. Records of who donated were not available at the time of publishing.
The band also held a spaghetti dinner fundraising event on Nov. 20 at Gufler Mansion, 612 W 12th St., that raised $2,120, according to Woodworth.
“We (got) 100 percent of the donations from it,” Woodworth said. “We (had) different band members and a few Stingers that are going to serve and run the event.”
Woodworth said he began making necessary arrangements with the head of the department, provost and possible funders the Monday after the win against the University of Central Oklahoma on Nov. 10.
“Three charter buses to get there, we’re talking around 38 hotel rooms, plus, like I said, five meals per student. That adds up quick,” Woodworth said.
Woodworth said that the band had fundraised in a similar way in 2015 and 2016 for NCAA Tournament events to Northwest Missouri State University.
“Those ones were easier (to fund) because it was a down and back trip, no hotel involved, and it was a much closer distance,” Woodworth said. “That trip was significantly cheaper.”
Woodworth said that funding has been more difficult since the cuts to the Performing Arts Board last year.
“Since the band continues to grow, we’re being asked to do more with less with the budget cuts,” Woodworth said. “We’re trying to still give a world-class top-notch ensemble to represent Emporia State at the highest performance levels at a major public stage. We’re doing the best we can with what we have.”
Shelly Thackston, assistant director of alumni giving, said that the fundraising process begins with getting it approved by the respective department head, and the alumni center then decides whether or not to promote the fundraiser.
“For this fundraiser, we mainly targeted band alumni,” Thackston said. “We might decide not to do a fundraiser if there’s a lot of overlap with other events or organizations.”
The Corsicana Bowl is 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Tiger Stadium, 3701 W. Highway 22.