A group of Senecas is planning a fundraiser to help pay for a trailer to be used at football games.
Calvert Catholic Schools' band is to have its first Band-a-Palooza 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6 on the front lawn of the high school. Profit from the festival is to be used to defray the cost of a trailer to transport instruments, according to a news release.
Elizabeth Tracy, band and choir director for Calvert Catholic Schools, said she is hoping for good weather for the event. Students have taken over its organization.
"It's going really well," she said about the planning. "We did a lot of work in the end of the June."
Tracy said the cargo trailer was purchased a couple of weeks ago by Calvert Music Boosters and will be used to haul instruments and uniforms every weekend, for home and away games, starting in the fall. Tracy said in the past, the equipment always had been transported on the same bus as the students.
"It really wasn't safe," she said.
Tracy said the band is looking to reimburse the music boosters for some of the cost of the trailer. The band students agreed it would be good to do a fundraiser, she said.
Section leaders were discussing raising money, and she said they could do a traditional fundraiser, such as selling items, or host an event. She said the students said they preferred to host an event.
Tracy said it is a small fundraiser, and she doesn't expect to raise the full cost of the trailer. She estimated the fundraising goal of the event to be $500 and said she hopes it will turn into an annual event.
Tracy said St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Mary Catholic Church are allowing the band to borrow several of their carnival games, and she thinks every game is going to be 50 cents or a $1 to play. There is no admission charge.
Tracy said the day's main event is a pie-in-the-face auction to occur at noon. Superintendent Hank Elchert is going to serve as the auctioneer, and people can bid money to be able to throw pies at Calvert officials.