Fundraising effort nears magic number to send Ute band to D.C.

Save Story

Estimated read time: 1-2 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

They don't have all the money yet, but the University of Utah marching band says they are going to perform in Barack Obama's Inagural Parade. Tonight, intense fundraising for the band is paying off.

The band is only about $14,000 short of their goal for this trip, and there's been an outpouring of support. The estimated cost for the trip is $154,000, which includes flights and hotel rooms for 130 band members.

Fundraising effort nears magic number to send Ute band to D.C.

But Ute fans are answering the challenge. Tonight, Cold Stone Creamery held a fundraiser for the band. "We're season football ticket holders. We just wanted to support the band," said Cold Stone patron Jeremy Newman.

Applebee's restaurant and others have also done their part to contribute. So far, the Marching Utes think they've raised $140,000, and support keeps pouring in.

"It's history making, number one; our first black president and they get to go and be a part of that celebration, so I think it's wonderful," said Darline Christensen, who works at the University of Utah.

The $140,000 raised does not include tonight's efforts, which will certainly help. The band says they've already accepted the invitation, now they need Ute fans to pull through. [Click here for information on how to donate]


Related links

Related stories

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics

Whit Johnson and Becky Bruce


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast