Meek Band Boosters expanding fundraising
by Daniel Gaddy
Sep 16, 2011 | 1661 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Meek High School Band Boosters are known throughout the state for the group’s annual Chittlin Dinner Fundraiser. This year, however, organizers are expanding to reach new demographics with a pageant as well as a meet-and-greet with makers of a local zombie movie.

Sue Garrison, president of the Meek High Band Boosters, said the reason for the expansion in fundraising is simple: “We have got to have the money.”

Garrison said both the marching band and color guard are in need of new supplies like uniforms. She said they also need a new tuba.

“The old one literally has duct tape on it,” she said.

Members of the Meek High Color Guard will host the meet-and-greet with the cast and crew of “Thr33 Days Dead” at the school’s stadium during a football game with Addison High School. Garrison, who is the school’s color guard sponsor, said they will have a tent at the football stadium where residents can get pictures and autographs from the actors and filmmakers.

Garrison said “Thr33 Days Dead” T-shirts and movie posters will also be sold at the event to raise funds for the color guard. The meet-and-greet tent will open at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the stadium. The members of the color guard will also sell the posters and shirts in the week leading up to the event.

When asked why the Meek High Band teamed up with the cast and crew of the local horror movie, Garrison said the relationship would be mutually beneficial.

The cast and crew will donate their time and a few movie posters to help raise funds for the Meek High, and in return, Garrison said she will assist the filmmakers in promoting their movie in the area.

“We’re helping each other out, and that’s what I like about it,” she said.

The Meek High Band will also raise funds by sponsoring the first annual Mrs. Arley Pagent. The contest, for married or widowed women 20 and older, will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Meek High School Gymnasium. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. For more information, call Garrison at 205-269-8612.