An auction scheduled for Saturday and a fruit sale scheduled to end this week are the last fundraisers scheduled, said Neil Ruby, band director.
“We hope to have a tally on Monday,” Ruby said. “We’re still getting cooperate sponsors.”
The money will help pay transportation and housing costs of the 160 band members who will make the trip to Pasadena, Calif., to march in the 122nd Rose Parade, which will be televised the morning of the Rose Bowl football game.
Ruby said the trip costs about $1,500 per student and a variety of fundraisers have been occurring for a year to raise the necessary funds.
“We rely heavily on fundraisers,” he said. “Some of these kids would not be able to do this without the support.”
Ruby said some students have paid for the trip by participating in fundraising activities. Other students could afford to pay their amount.
“Some families have two or three children in band. This relieves a huge pressure for them,” he said.
A $15 ticket for Saturday’s event includes a meal and attendance at the silent and live auctions.
Silent auction items include decorated Christmas trees, holiday baskets created by Central High School students, and autographed photos of Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Aerosmith.
Items that will be auctioned off live include an autographed Brooks and Dunn guitar, a Chipper Jones autographed wooden baseball bat and Rose Bowl tickets.
Ruby said 100 tickets have been presold, but he hopes to have close to 200 people attend the auction.
“With the kids, the Justin Bieber and the Edward photo (Robert Pattinson, from “Twilight”) are a real interest,” Ruby said.
Some adults have called to verify the Brooks and Dunn guitar is not just a rumor, he said.
There are other items, like the baskets, that may be sold for relatively low prices. Ruby said he thinks some of the auction items will be good Christmas gifts.
The band members will be marching in the 6-mile parade on New Year’s Day, with the Rose Bowl game to be played later that day.
In addition to fundraising, the students have to be in the physical condition to march the parade in formation while performing.
The band marched in the Rose Parade about seven years ago. The bands selected to participate are not allowed to apply for four years.
Only 13 high schools are selected each year to march. Central’s band was told during a football game in October 2009 that it was selected.
The band members who graduated in 2010 and the current freshmen band members will be allowed to march in the parade.
“The fundraisers have been very successful. We set out to do some fundraisers that are different and unique because the economy,” Ruby said.
He said the Harlem Globetrotter basketball game has been the most popular fundraiser and has received the most community support.