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Matching grant is music to Giants’ ears

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School music program has grown at an outstanding rate over the last few years, and with that comes fantastic opportunities, but also growing needs. For the Marching Giants, the need for uniforms was pressing and the cost overwhelming. 

That’s why the chance to pursue a crowdfunding matching grant from the Community Foundation of Grant County was a chance that couldn’t be passed up.

“We had 60 days to raise $20,000 to receive the match,” said Mark Fauser, sales, marketing and creative development director for Marion Community Schools. “Thanks to the Community Foundation and the passion of the Marion High School Alumni Association and the community at large, the mission was accomplished, sending more than $40,000 to the Marching Giants for their new uniforms.”

A Marion Community Schools band student models a prototype of the new Marching Giants uniforms.

Josh Huff, Marion High School director of bands, is thrilled at the outcome.

“I’m humbled by the overwhelming support of our community, alumni, church friends, our tremendous school district, the Community Foundation of Grant County, and a host of others as the Marion Marching Giants will not only have new uniforms this fall but they will be fully paid!” he said. “The Marion High School Alumni Association continues to grow thanks to the support of amazing alumni that see a chance to pay it forward and teach present-day Giants that they matter, and that they too can make a positive impact on others.”

Marching band uniforms are heavy duty and made to last (which is why they are so expensive), but the uniforms currently in use have been around for decades. In addition, the number of uniforms was insufficient to keep up with the growth of the Marion Community Schools music program, with the incredible feeder system at Justice Intermediate School and McCulloch Junior High School. This purchase will put the Marching Giants on good footing for the next 20 years.

Marion Community Schools is proud of the music teachers who have worked to build this outstanding program that offers our talented students such GIANT opportunities.

MCS is also grateful to the MHS Alumni Association for its continued support, and to the Community Foundation of Grant County for offering this extraordinary help for this important project.

Projects funded by the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc., have been made possible by generous donors since 1984. The Community Foundation of Grant County is an advocate for local philanthropy and is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the Grant County area. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1984, the Foundation works with donors to establish charitable funds and supports non-profit organizations through a variety of grantmaking efforts.