LINCOLN (PX/SNR) – The band at Pius X High School in Lincoln received funding from two local area foundations and almost 100 parents, alumni, and friends on “Giving Tuesday” Dec. 1.
The grants and donations, totaling more than $113,000, will be used to purchase new marching and concert band uniforms.
Pius alumni, parents, and friends donated more than $13,000. Combined with grants from the Dillon Foundation and the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, Pius X is only $15,000 away from the needed $128,000 to purchase new uniforms.
The Pius X band program has grown to include more than 140 students. Increased interest has resulted in the need to replace worn and dated uniforms. Repairing and mending efforts have become difficult as participation in the band has grown, and as uniforms have reached the end of their usable life.
The funds will allow Pius X to purchase 175 new uniforms, allowing all band members to wear identical and appropriately sized uniforms. Similar to other bands in the Lincoln area, Pius X plans to utilize a two-coat uniform with one coat for use during marching months and one coat intended for concert band, saving students and parents the cost of purchasing concert attire.
The Pius X band students, instructors, and parents are now researching other fund raising opportunities to raise the remaining funds needed to purchase the new uniforms.
To support this effort, donate safely and securely via text (BAND to 71777) or online at www.piusx.net. Gifts may also be sent to Pius X High School - Band, 6000 A St., Lincoln, NE, 68510.