Virtual Band Buzz, July 12, 2021
ROCK-A-THON UPDATE FROM YOUR COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Dear Band and Color Guard Students and Parents,
I hope you all are enjoying this summer and are getting to spend time with family and friends. Before you know it, we'll be back together and it will be time to start our wonderful marching season. It is so exciting to be getting back into a more normal routine this upcoming school year. We are thrilled that everyone will be able to participate this year in the favorite social event of the summer—the annual Rock-a-thon, and we'll all have a blast being together for this event. For many of you, this will be your first Rock-a-thon since we were unable to have it last year.
WHAT IS ROCK-A-THON?
For those of you who have not participated in Rock-a-thon before, here is a brief description of what it's all about. The students receive donations to sponsor them to stay in their rocking (rolling) chairs for a lock-in from 6:00 pm until midnight. This event will happen on Friday, August 6th and is for ALL band and color guard members (even those band members that do not march due to a conflict with another sport). Students bring their favorite rolling chair and prepare to rock-and-roll the night away and have fun being together while playing video games, chair dodgeball, chair frisbee, and much more. There will be door prizes and students can earn drink tickets, chicken nuggets, and pizza by receiving a certain level of donations.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Asking for Donations: We need your help in preparing for this Rock-a-thon. While you are out visiting with family and friends, please consider asking them to make a donation for Rock-a-thon. Also, follow up with those you sent mailers to that you haven't heard from reminding them about the donations. We have received some donations from our mailer campaign during spring marching camp, but need to keep gathering donations. So far, we have received $2,500. Our goal is $17,000. Let's keep working together to reach our goal. A copy of the sample letter we sent out at spring camp is shown at the end of this email, which includes the link to make an on-line donation. The more donations you receive, the more credits you receive. Here are the levels and the amount of donations necessary for each:
$75 Entry into Rock-a-thon
$100 Drink Ticket
$150 Chick-fil-a nuggets
$250 and up, each $50 increment receives a chance for exclusive door prize
$500 and up win a gift card to Amazon
Join Falcon Band Booster Club (FBBC) at a Level Above Basic Membership: The minimum or basic membership of FBBC is $40. Any amount above the minimum will be used toward your student’s “Rock-a-thon Level” as shown above. For example, if you join FBBC at the $100 level, then $60 of your membership will go toward your student’s “Rock-a-thon Level.” You will have an opportunity to join FBBC on August 3rd from 6-8 pm during the “Pick Up Your Equipment” event. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend to ask ALL your questions about Rock-a-Thon and any other questions about the band!
Gift Card Donations: Another way to help make our Rock-a-Thon successful is donating gift cards that we can use as door prizes. Gift cards should be for $10-$15 each for places like Starbucks, i-Tunes, fast food restaurants, etc. The $30 three packs work great! Please leave them in the package and we will break them up once we get them. Start gathering those while you are out shopping this summer if you'd like to help in this way, and we can collect them closer to time of Rock-a-Thon.
Volunteer: Save the date (August 6th) to come out and help us at Rock-a-thon. We need many parent volunteers to help this run smoothly. It's a great opportunity to see all the fun and excitement that happens at Rock-a-thon and also get to know our wonderful parents better. We will be sending a link for Sign up Genius to pick a shift to help out closer to the time of Rock-a-thon.
Corporate Matching Donations: Many companies and businesses have matching donation programs. If you work for a company with a matching program, please consider requesting a matching donation. The FBBC can help you with any paperwork you may need to fill out.
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we use these donations to help support expenses needed to keep our high-quality band program, our wonderful group of clinicians and instructors, and necessary repairs and replacement of worn equipment. Please consider how you can help our Rock-a-thon to be successful. We look forward to raising money for our band while having fun in the process. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you soon. Shown below is the letter that was sent out at spring marching camp that you can use as a template that includes the correct link for donations. You are more than welcome to contact us if you would like to know which of your friends or relatives have already donated.
Thanks again for your support—we appreciate you! If you have any questions about Rock-a-thon as you are gathering donations or about the actual event itself, please feel free to email or text one of your Rock-a-Thon Co-Chairs.
Gladys Ruiz, Rock-a-Thon Co-Chair
Leah Moore, Rock-a-Thon Co-Chair
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