The Boston Crusaders have been a part of my life for many years, and I credit the organization with giving me lifelong friends, memories and experiences that have shaped who I am today.
The organization teaches students much more than marching and music. It teaches them about life skills, discipline, attention to detail, perserverance, dealing with success and failure, communication skills, teamwork, integrity, honor, respect, focus, striving for excellence as well as personal and team committment.
Through this experience the members develop lifelong friends and skills.
I am passionate about the organization because I credit my success with the skills I learned while involved, and I have seen the impact it has had on those involved.
The organziaton consists of 150 young adults, traveling 13,000 miles over 75 days on the road, performing over 30 times across the US. This year the organization is traveling to California for the first time in it's 70+ year history.
I am asking for your help in ensuring the corps legacy for the next 75 years and help as they head on their "California Dreaming" tour. I am hoping to personally raise $10,000. I will also personally match up to $10,000, and the company I work for (UnitedHealthcare) will match my donation up to $10,000 as well. So, every dollar you give is matched 2x, and together we can raise over $30,000 for the corps.
I've been involved with the organization in numerous capacities since 1986. In all of those years the corps has never been run so well. The members receive an outstanding education, have an amazing experience, perform on the best equipment, are a perennial finalist (13 years in the top 12 in the country) and represent the city of Boston well. Did you know former President John F. Kennedy is an honorary member? The corps has performed at numerous Fenway anniversaries? Think of how many of past Crusaders members have gone on to teach High School across the US. The number is amazing.
The Boston Crusader's success and longevity has always been possible because of outstanding volunteers, friends, family and donors.
Please consider donating to continue the tradition of excellence and the development of our youth into outstanding leaders of tomorrow. Your tax deductible donation makes a big difference. i.e. - Did you know over 20% of the corps budget is from individual contribuitions?