WVU Foundation establishes Pride Travel Fund
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In an effort to defer the increasing cost of travel for the West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band, the WVU Foundation has created The Pride Travel Fund.
The WVU Foundation is calling for supporters of the University and the band, also known as the “Pride of West Virginia,” to help with the band's mounting travel bills. Getting The Pride to away games or events around the state is anything but affordable, according to Jay Drury, the band's director.
The cost of band traveling can range anywhere from $9,000 for a state event such as the Forest Festival in Elkins to over $50,000 for an away football game such as Louisville.
“There are lots of places we would like to go, but can't because of budget limitations,” he stated. “The Pride Travel Fund will be a big boost.”
Drury added that, buses, hotels and food are the three major travel expenses. The largest being the nine charter buses needed. With the increasing cost of gas, it is becoming more expensive to attend events even around West Virginia.
Hotel costs are also on the rise and as the number two expense for The Pride, the increases pose a problem. For an average trip, the band must book at least 110 to 120 rooms he said. “And then there are the 380 mouths to feed.”
“We look forward to it,” she said. “It's our chance to put on display the pride that we have for the University.”
Last year the Band Aid Drive raised money for new uniforms and showed overwhelming support for the band, the WVU Foundation hopes The Pride Travel Fund will experience similar success.
Anyone interested in contributing to The Pride Travel Fund may do so by contacting the WVU Foundation at 304-284-4000 or visiting the Online Donation Page.
Donors who give $500 or $1,000 to The Pride Travel Fund this year become charter members of the prestigious 100 Mile Club. Those who contribute $100 or more receive a band CD and all donors receive a car decal.
The WVU Foundation is a private nonprofit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.