BENEFITING: BLUECOATS DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS
Our volunteers have some of the most difficult, but most important, jobs of anyone on our team. They slave over hot stoves for hours a day in warm, humid summer weather. They drive long hours to get the corps to its next destination, and they are hard at work behind sewing machines making sure our uniforms and costumes look and fit great. They do all of these hard but crucial tasks without enjoying the roar of an audience, without receiving a score, and without being paid for their efforts. They do this because they love the Bluecoats.
We have a confession to make. For the past several years, we have not done a good enough job of treating our volunteers with the accommodations they deserve. While the Bluecoats’ members have nice cushy bus seats, the instructional staff has a vehicle with beds, and our admin team rides in an RV, we’ve asked our volunteers to travel overnight in a very uncomfortable and cramped 15-passenger van.
We plan to make amends in 2015! Our great partners at Crown Classic Coach in Mobile, Alabama have given us the unique opportunity to purchase a 2001 Thor Oasis Sleeper Coach from their fleet. This vehicle features 25 bunk beds inside, each with its own light and outlet. In addition, it has a work area, a restroom, a small refrigerator, wireless internet and satellite television. This is the perfect vehicle for our volunteers, allowing them to get the rest they need and deserve! Our admin team will also travel on the vehicle, using it as mobile office and central meeting place for our staff.
YOU can help us make this important purchase a reality by helping us cover the cost of a $20,000 down payment this spring. Any donation goes a long way, but If at least 200 people donate at least $100, you can make it possible for us to reward our volunteers with the rest they deserve after a job well done! In return for your donation, we’ll print your name on a special plaque that will be posted inside the sleeper coach! Please join our 2015 “BIG RIG” Drive via CROWDRISE today help make this very important purchase possible!