Blue Wave Band Drive For Pride set for Saturday
by Elane Jones
Apr 04, 2013 | 1456 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Carbon Hill High School band performs during last year’s Night of Bands at Cordova High School. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
The Carbon Hill High School band performs during last year’s Night of Bands at Cordova High School. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
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The Carbon Hill High School Blue Wave band and the Chrysler Corporation will be hosting a special business-to-school fundraiser this weekend to help raise money for new band uniforms for the band.

The Blue Wave Band Drive For Pride will take place Saturday in the Bill and Sons parking lot in Carbon Hill from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and for every test drive taken during the event, Chrysler will donate $20 to the Carbon Hill High School band.

“We are excited, we will have a representative from the Chrysler Corporation down here and the folks from Maloy Dodge/Chrysler in Jasper will be bringing three to six vehicles from their dealership for folks to come by and test drive,” said Jeremy Herron, vice president of the CHHS Band Parents Organization. “You don’t have to buy anything, just test drive the car of your choosing, and the band will get $20.”

Herron said the test drive track will begin and end in the Bill and Sons parking lot. “The more drivers we have, the more money we will raise for the band,” Herron said. “Not only that, each test driver will also earn a chance to win a $25 gas card and a free hot dog and drink,” Herron said. “We will also have inflatables here for the kids so we’re urging everyone to come out and support the Carbon Hill High School band.”

Herron said cost of new uniforms was very expensive and hosting fundraisers of this nature is the only way the band will be able to purchase them.

“Our band has several new members and the band’s current uniforms are pretty old, so we need purchase some new ones,” Herron said. “The kids work really hard and we want them to look nice, but band uniforms are very expensive. We need help to raise enough money to pay for them.”

There are a few simple rules of the road that “Drive For Pride” participants must follow in order to earn a $20 test drive donation for the band.They include:

•Participants must be age 18 or older and produce a valid driver’s license.

•Each driver must sign a waiver of liability and complete a test drive survey, which will be counted at the conclusion of the event to calculate Chrysler’s donation to the band, before being sent to Chrysler’s headquarters for processing.

•Children requiring a safety seat are not permitted to ride in test drive vehicles. Child safety seats are not allowed. (This is an insurance issue related to the variance in laws regarding child safety seats from state to state.)

Besides helping the Carbon Hill High School Blue Wave band, every test drive participant will also gain entry into Chrysler’s National Giveaway for $45,000 toward any eligible Chrysler group vehicle.