David Simon via Crowdrise
March 08, 2012
BENEFITING: BOSTON CRUSADERS DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS INC
EVENT: Crusaders California Dreams
EVENT DATE: May 15, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 10,000
Twenty-five years ago I became a volunteer with Boston Crusaders because I recognized the extraordinary impact this organization has on the lives of young people. I could emphasize the group's amazing accomplishments in the world of musical pageantry, performing before hundreds of thousands of spectators each summer at events all across the country. I could explain their incredible record of achievement, placing in the elite top-12 at the Drum Corps International World Championships for the last 13 consecutive years. But that would leave out the most important part of the story and omit the most important reason why I believe you should invest in this project.
I am asking for your help in ensuring the corps legacy for the next 75 years. I am hoping to raise $2,500 and I will personally match every gift up to that amount. So, every dollar you give is matched and together we can raise over $5,000 for the corps.
The reason I have stayed with this group for a quarter of a century and continue to serve as the President of the Board of Directors is because a summer in the Boston Crusaders has a transformative impact in the lives of our 150 student performers that stays with them for the rest of their lives. They learn the commitment required to complete a grueling 10-week national tour, traveling 12,000 miles by bus, sleeping on gym floors and eating off a food truck. They learn how to persevere and break through limits they once thought impossible. They learn to take on the challenge of 12 hour rehearsal days in 100 degree heat in a relentless pursuit of perfection. They learn how to lead by example and how teamwork means subordinating their own personal needs to those of of the group. They learn the values inherent in dedicating their time to upholding the Crusaders’ 70-year tradition of excellence.
It is not easy to impart these values on today’s youth. I honestly believe our educational staff does a world class job in a way few others can. This year your help is especially needed as the Boston Crusaders undertake their first-ever tour to California and the Pacific Northwest. Member tuition and fees cover only a small portion of the costs involved with putting four buses, two semi-trailers and a world-class instructional team on the road for an entire summer. Your gift of ANY amount will make a permanent impact of the lives of 150 extraordinary young people. For that you have their thanks and mine as well.