Henryville band boosters seek help in buying new truck

On March 2, our small community of Henryville was hit by an EF-4 tornado. Our town lost many homes, businesses and our school was very badly damaged.

Our school, which housed preschool through 12th grade, was no longer able to hold classes in its facility. We began the task of assessing the damage and loss.

People and businesses alike have come to the aid of purchasing new supplies for our school. One month after the tornado, we were able to resume classes in two different towns but our students (by grade) were able to stay together. Although our band room is much smaller than our students are used to, the band plays on.

The purpose of this letter is to tell you about another goal we would like to accomplish. During the tornado, the Henryville Golden Band lost both of their equipment trucks. The main truck was used to transport the band instruments, uniforms, guard equipment and props to all of our performances. The second truck was used primarily for storage. The goal that we are reaching for is to replace the main equipment truck. We are asking for your help in reaching this goal. Our former truck was a 24-foot Low Boy and we will replace it with a similar vehicle.   

We are the Henryville Golden Band Boosters. Our organization is the main support of our music program, which includes band, chorus and guard. The music program receives about $2,000 per year from the school budget. The rest of the money is raised by the boosters. The boosters purchase large items — such as trucks, trailers and an ATV to use in our program.      

The Henryville Golden Band is well known throughout Indiana for its “Tradition of Excellence.” Our bands and choirs compete in ISSMA competitions, which include marching, solo/ensemble and concert. Our color guard competes in IHSCGA competitions and our percussion competes in IPA competitions. These competitions take place all over the state of Indiana. We also perform in the Pegasus Parade and other local community parades and concerts.  

Please help us continue in our tradition by helping us raise funds for a new Equipment Truck. We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization so your donation is tax deductible. All funds remaining after the truck is purchased, painted and set for transporting equipment will be moved into the booster’s operating fund to be used for the music program.  

Thank you in advance for your thoughts, concerns and donations to our community, our school and our music program. Send donations to the following address and make checks payable to: Henryville Band Boosters Truck Fund, P.O. Box 123, Henryville, IN 47126

— Henryville Golden Band Boosters — President Bill Maloney; Vice President Robert Popplewell; Secretary Donna Vibbert; Treasurer Linda Dickson; Fundraising Beth Maloney; Band Director: Shanna Ledbetter.

Group aimed at helping Cross Creek youth

On Saturday May 12, 2012, the newly created Cross Creek Youth Association will be holding our first Cross Creek Youth Day Celebration exclusively for the children residing at the Cross Creek Apartment complex located in New Albany.

There are about 90 children living in these apartments in need of positive role models in their lives. Recently, a 3-year-old child was found sitting in the middle of Green Valley Road. An ambulance driver stopped and had to locate an adult willing to care for the child.

Our goal is to provide support and bring hope to the children in the Cross Creek community. Our first venture is a day-long picnic with games, activities and information booths available from various community support agencies. We would like to continue this picnic every year and plan for a community garden, playground area and a Kid’s Café to educate the children about good nutrition.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson and Linda Moeller, deputy clerk of Floyd County, have been very encouraging and supportive of this endeavor. The Association has the full support of Mayor Jeff Gahan’s office and the New Albany Board of Public Works and Safety has approved the event.

We are asking for the support of Southern Indiana. Our desire is that the community rallies around these children at risk in Floyd County by participating in the event through sponsorships. This next generation needs to know the community cares about them and that change is coming.

The association would like to be the purveyors of new ideas for the children who reside at Cross Creek. This event can be the beginning of positive connections for the Floyd County children in these apartments. Help us help them become productive residents of Southern Indiana.

Please consider making a donation, payable to Cross Creek Youth Association, for the children of tomorrow living in Cross Creek. Donations may be mailed to:  Cross Creek Youth Association, 7 Cross Creek Blvd., New Albany, IN, 47150.

— Clarence Sloan, president

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