(Seguin) -- Today is the final day of KWED's 5 Days of Giving Cash for Carnegie Campaign. At the end of Day 4 (Thursday), $5,400 came in -- bringing the grand total thus far to $12,149. The campaign goal of $20,000 was launched on Monday and is needed to help cover those expenses that are above and beyond the booster club's budget. The money will go to help support expenses such as meals, band and equipment travel plus luggage fees. Many of the expenses have to be secured next week in order to properly reserve and prepare for the trip in March.
Donations can be dropped off today at KWED, First Commercial Bank, Gift & Gourmet, First National Bank of Beeville and First United Bank. You can also give online at Crowdrise.com.
Band Booster President Bill Wilcox says the support shown this week has just been tremendous. He says the campaign is not even over and already, the Seguin community has left the band speechless.
"I want everyone to know that we are just in awe of the community of Seguin -- how they have come out and supported the band in amazing ways. It's been an amazing run since Mr. (Stan) Mauldin (band director) first told us about Carnegie in October until now and then how did this community has just come out and just been there for us, supported us. I just really want to thank everyone for that. It's just an amazing thing to see happen in Seguin," said Wilcox.
Wilcox says they hope to pull in as many dollars as they can today. He says they'll also be sure to accept any donations that are collected over the weekend.
"You could sure talk to your church group or your Bible study group and see if there is something that they want to do. My encouragement is, even five dollars -- if you had 10 people give five dollars, that's $50 which will pay for luggage for one of our students or chaperones to get there. Even if you think $5 isn't much when you combine what we have, that's going to go along way. So a Bible study group, or maybe if you have a group that goes fishing on the weekends, maybe something like that. We'll still take that collection and we'll apply it to what we're doing. Really -- a little bit can go long way, especially when there's a community just pouring in -- like it is now," said Wilcox.
Tammy Bargfrede, the SHS band trip coordinator, says her fellow friends from the Class of '81 are also putting this week's goal to the challenge. Bargfrede says her classmates are doing their part to raise money for the band and want other graduating classes to do the same.
"The Seguin High School Class of 1981 is donating $400 to the Matador Band and we would like to challenge other classes and graduates of Seguin High School to come out and do the same during these Five Days of Giving," said Bargfrede.
Other local challenges have also been announced. The Noon Lions Club is challenging other civic groups to give while businesses like Tier One Dental is asking that other medical and dental professionals contribute. Several groups and medical offices have already given yet the groups are looking for even more donations.
The Five Days of Giving campaign began on Monday and runs through Friday night.
Sponsorship checks can also be picked up by contacting Bargfrede, band booster trip coordinator at 830-560-0032.
The band is slated to perform in the famed Carnegie Hall on March 13.