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Lower Valley Band and Cheer Day event in dire need of financial help

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley Band and Cheer Day has lost a crucial sponsor for its Thursday, Aug. 10, activities.

Lower Valley Band and Cheer Day is expected to draw 80 cheerleaders and 50 to 60 band students from around the valley, preparing them to perform at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo next week. The University of Washington is bringing 41 students to be a part of the performance.

Jim Herriman, an organizer for the event, said, "The amount of the lost funding was $1,800. It looks like the organizers may have to find the money to pay for costs acquired by lost sponsorship."

The lost funding was to have been used to cover the cost of transporting the U-of-W students and pay for the traveling students' hotel rooms and food.

All of the local students have already been charged a $10 fee to participate in next Thursday's activities, which usually covers the cost of the t-shirts that they receive for their hard work.

Typically, the organizers prefer to keep the cost of being part of the performance low in order to encourage student participation. "The students will not be charged more for registration. We just can't do that to the kids," said Herriman, in explaining that registration fees will not be raised to make up for the loss of sponsorship funding.

The youngsters who participate in Lower Valley Band and Cheer Day provide the only music during the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Parade, said Herriman. He goes on to say, "The incredible aspect of this event is that the students gather on the day of their performance and practice, not before. It all comes together by the time they perform."

The program is in dire need of the funds in a short period of time, they need them by next Wednesday, Aug. 9. Any and all monetary donations will be greatly appreciated, said Herriman.

To make a donation contact Herriman at (509) 430-7884, Andrea Hendrickson at (509) 840-2118 or mail a donation to YVBCD, P.O. Box 276, Grandview, WA, 98930. Make checks or money orders payable to YVBCD.

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