LAFCU Celebrates Ten Years as Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Sponsor
In 2010, LAFCU agreed to be the entertainment sponsor of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. Since then, LAFCU has boosted area high school band programs by $10,000.
“We love this sponsorship. It helps the chamber and it provides much-needed funding for band programs,” said LAFCU Chief Marketing Officer Kelli Ellsworth Etchison. “School administrators must make tough choices in the budgeting process, and maintaining and updating band equipment can be quite costly. A donation to the band provides funds that may not be available within the school budget.”
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Tim Daman reflected on the sponsorship during the presentation, “LAFCU has been a wonderful and enthusiastic partner. These donations have helped a lot of kids and have been good for many communities, as marching bands are often a source of local pride.”
For Mason High School, the $1,000 donation arrived exactly at the right time: when the credit union kicked off a $24,000 fund drive for the band.
“I had just met with the principal to outline what is needed to replace our drumline equipment,” said Beth Bousfield, Mason High School band director. “Much of it is 15 years old; the typical life cycle is 10 years. We’re elated about LAFCU’s donation.”
The aging equipment now costs more to maintain than to buy new. Some of it needs repair or returning after every use.
Mason Band Boosters President James Alexander said, “This donation has energized our group as we take on raising funds needed for the new equipment. Thank you, LAFCU!”
The drumline is the heartbeat of the Bulldog Marching Band, performing at home football games and at community events and parades. Members of the Bulldog drumline participate in the school’s music education program throughout the year. They are also involved in performances by the pep, jazz and concert bands, and solo and ensemble concerts and competitions.
The experience also has rewards for the students later in life. Bousfield said graduates who have been part of the band’s drumline have received college music scholarships and have gone on to play in college and beyond in such bands as Legends Drum & Bugle Corps in Kalamazoo and Motor City Percussion in Detroit.