25-Oct-18: BPA Fundraising Update

posted Oct 25, 2018, 11:21 AM by Mark Nowicki

Message from the Chairman of the Board, Laura Vuolo Rochford:


First and most importantly, I want to thank all the parents and students who have volunteered and participated in our fundraising activities to date.  Your hard work and dedicated hours continue to help us achieve our goals and support the band!  We could not do what we do without each of you and we know how much you care about the marching band program at CHS.  I am so proud of the teamwork and volunteerism displayed at Music in Motion this year.  Go Band Parents!!!!!


If you recall, at the beginning of the school year, the BPA talked about the school budget and how important it is for the BPA to maximize its fundraising efforts to continue to provide grants to the program to help the school maintain the excellent program we have.  We had a commitment to grant $35,000 and with your continued dedication I am confident we will achieve this!


We have come far in our efforts to control expense output for the fundraisers and to manage our general and administrative expenses.  Our goals have not changed:  to fund grants and scholarships for the program, to increase the net proceeds of our fundraisers, and to build back our reserves so that we can expand our grant capability and keep parent cost down.  We would like to be in the position to fund the grants with current reserves and then fundraise to replenish the reserves.  I am happy to report that we have made great strides with our fundraisers to date and are moving closer.


If you have not already done so, please consider making a membership or other donation to the BPA – it is tax deductible!!!  You can find the form or donate via PayPal via www.ramband.com.  For those who have already donated, we thank you for your commitment!



Financial Update from the Treasurer, Peter Blagys:


We are having a successful year to date.  First is an updated summary of our fundraising net proceeds for the 2018/2019 year as of October 24, 2018.  In addition, I have included a summary of the revenue versus expense for each fundraiser.  This includes our three fundraisers – Board and Brush, Sponsorship and Member/Donor Campaign, and Music in Motion.  Next, is a summary of the grant payments made to CHS to the Band Student Activity Account to date.


We will continue to update you on our progress.  If you have any questions about the financials, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to any of the Board Members.





Net Proceeds*

Board and Brush



$      515

Sponsor/Donor Campaign




Music In Motion




TOTAL to date





*Includes estimates for expenses for MiM that have not been invoiced, donations/matching gifts that have been committed and not received.  Updates will be provided.



Grant Amount















Total Grant Commitment




Message from the President, Ron Dellostritto:


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:  We currently have the following opportunities to volunteer to continue our fundraising progress.  We are looking for new sub-chairs for the Train Show.  It will come up fast.  We have veteran chairs that will be happy to show you the ropes so please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Board to take on a sub-chair role!  There are many ways to help out, so please check out our sign-ups on www.ramband.com at: http://www.ramband.com/fundraising/fundraiser-sign-up-file-cabinet


Sunday November 18, 2018         Fall Train Show

Saturday January 12, 2019            Christmas Tree Pick-Up                               


Remember, the BPA is active for the entire 2018/2019 year!  We fundraise all year, even after the marching stops!  Please sign up to help.


Sunday March 3, 2019                    Spring Train Show

Sunday April 28, 2019                     ION Bank Half Marathon              


Reminder:  Any student who volunteers for a BPA fundraiser will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card at the end of the school year.


Thank you for your continued support for our champions – the Marching Ram Band!!