Marching Band Boosters kick off four-day fundraiser event

Members of the Lebanon High School Marching Band show their excitement during the Wilson County Expo Center during Lebanon's Bicentennial Celebration in 2019. They will be hosting a fashion show and dress sale fundraiser beginning Jan. 17 at the Lebanon High School Auditorium.

The Lebanon High School Marching Band Boosters are kicking off a four-day fundraiser on Jan. 17 with an exclusive fashion show, followed by a public prom dress consignment sale.

Proceeds will be used to help the Marching Blue Devils travel to Chicago in March, where they will perform in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

"This is for people who cannot afford a $200 dress," LHS Band Boosters President Delayne Davenport said, noting that people who donate their dresses can price them. "We are hoping this will have a good turnout, depending on the dresses that are donated."

Patrons of the fashion show will have "first dibs" on those dresses, with 30% of the price going to the marching band and 70% to the original owner.

Davenport said only 50 tickets will be sold for the fashion show, which will be held in the LHS auditorium from 5:30-9 p.m. It will be a small cocktail party with refreshments.

Beginning on Jan. 18, the sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be no cost to enter the venue. A dressing room and mirrors will be provided.

On Jan. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m., anyone whose dress did not sell can come and pick it back up. Any dresses remaining will be sold on Jan. 20 for $50 each, and all of those proceeds will go toward the marching band.

In addition to accepting women's formal wear, the band will take purses, shoes, hairpieces, men's suits and ties.

"If a dress is donated outright, the band will get all the proceeds from that dress," Davenport said.

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"We have 120 students in the band. They will be going to Chicago for St. Patrick's Day, and they have to come up with the money to pay for that trip."

Anyone interested in supporting the Lebanon High School Marching Band can buy tickets to the Jan. 17 event by visiting www.eventbrite.com and searching for "prom dress and formal wear consignment sale Lebanon." They may also reach out to Delayne Davenport at 615-330-4317 or lebanonbandtn.com.

"The money raised here not only helps to pay for the trip to Chicago," Davenport said. "It also helps reduce band fees the band members have to pay."

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