Kendra Scott Gives Back To Band

Band director comments on band's latest fundraiser

Amiya Chennappan and Thishani Fernando

 A fundraiser will be held by Kendra Scott in Plano on May 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Twenty percent of the sales from the fundraiser will be donated to the Reedy Band.

This spirit fundraiser means businesses open their doors to the band and offer proceeds from a sale.

“I would expect there to be a lot of community building when we open up the doors,” band director Gavin Smith said. “They’re going to be there to help a great organization and it’s going to be a lot of socializing in a relaxed environment.”

Community members will be able to buy quality jewelry for upcoming graduations and Mother’s day, as well as enjoy horderves, sweets, and drinks set up by the store.

“We’re thinking of this being you buying something that’s gonna last for a long time for that special person,” Smith said. “It can be anyone from the mom, the wife, the sister, or all the way up to the upcoming graduate.”

Smith says that community fundraisers tend to be smaller than the international ones, but believes the community support is important to band students.

“The learning that takes place is having a strong pride in our community, taking care of each other, and helping each other,” Smith said. “When we see the community support us and cheer us on, it helps support the kids’ work and commitment that they give day in and day out.”

The idea for the fundraiser was proposed by a marketing and fundraising team of parents who emphasized the difference of this fundraiser from the spirit events typically held with restaurants.

“We have a very large booster executive board that helps with everything, and they’re always approaching businesses for sponsorships and donating items,” Smith said. “I believe they were talking about the ways that store could help us and this came up, and they wanted to run with it and so they ran.”

With the higher price tag of the items being sold, Smith says band students are mostly about spreading the word for the fundraiser.

“Band takes a lot of commitment from our kids, time wise, but it’s also expensive to keep things running in an efficient way, so the amount of fundraising we do cuts costs.” Smith said. “They work non-stop and they’re wonderful kids, and having that community support at events gives them a little pat on the back.”