The Boston Crusaders need our support. Regardless of where you marched or played, The Crusaders represent not only our heritage but our hopes for the future of musical pageantry in New England. There are many great charities for the less fortunate young people among us. My own daughter Barbie has benefited from such largesse. The Crusaders provide a wonderful musical and more importantly, life experience for our more gifted and talented young people. Having taught the Crusaders for 7 years and having my daughter Lisa spend 5 years in the corps, I can tell you that these young people are just like we were when we were young. They are type "A", driven to excellence personalities. Amazing kids who hope for success while working their tails off to represent us in the greater musical arena of DCI Competition. When you see and hear them perform their 2012 Show, the thrill that you experience will be all the more heartfelt knowing that you were some part of that process. My grandfather was a fervent Red Sox fan and used to say that before he died, he hoped to see the Sox win a World Series. He never did get his wish, but we finally did. Can you imagine the thrill we would experience if The Crusaders would win the World Championship?! And especially if you knew that in some way, you helped underwrite that endeavor?! The Crusaders begin their 2012 Season in California. The price of gasoline is killing us all, but especially a caravan of 4 busses, 2 semi-trailers, and a host of support vehicles. Every fill-up for them is thousands of dollars. Not to mention instruments, uniforms, instructional and support staff, food, etc. etc. etc. We must ensure that they not only survive and remain solvent, but that they are able to provide an environment that will provide for their continued competitive success, and yes, even some day, in the not too distant future, a World Championship. Please make a tax deductible donation, and please make it as generous as you can. I have done so because I know how important this activity is in molding magnificent human beings. I cannot thank you enough. See you at a Show. And, thanks for being you. Mike
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