Dinner to fund Kennedy band trip

TAYLOR—  The John F. Kennedy High School Band has been invited by President Barack Obama to march at the National Memorial Day Parade on May 25 in Washington, D.C.


Band members and their boosters are attempting to raise at least $30,000 toward the trip, starting with a pasta dinner fundraiser and show at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Kennedy High School cafeteria.


Dinner will include mostaccioli, salad, roll with butter, dessert and beverage. Admission is $6 per person, $5 for senior citizens. Children younger than age 3 are free. Music will be provided by members of the Kennedy band.


Charley Johnson, past president of the Kennedy Band Boosters and a 1980 Kennedy graduate, said there are a few hurdles to get through in order for the entire band to participate. Many of the students don’t have the financial means necessary to pay the approximately $700 round-trip Washington price tag, and the band is hoping the community can help.


“These kids are doing everything they can to raise money fast in order to make the trip down to Washington, D.C.,” Johnson said.


Additional donations are being accepted by the Taylor Public School Foundation for Educational Excellence, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting and supplementing district programs and projects to improve the quality of education in Taylor.  


The foundation will accept donations on behalf of the Kennedy band though the end of May. All donations are tax deductible.


To donate, write “Kennedy band” in the memo portion of a check payable to the Taylor Public School Foundation for Excellence and mail it to 23033 North Line Road, Taylor, MI 48180, attention Bethany Iverson.
For dinner tickets or more information on making a contribution to the band, call Johnson at (313) 304-2173.


Mayor Cameron Priebe, a Kennedy graduate, nominated the band to march in the parade.