An effort to raise $125,000 to send the Sound of North marching band to the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration day parade has reached about $20,000 in pledges.
Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, band boosters and supporters are seeking pledges for the trip after leaning North graduate and Vice President-elect Mike Pence would like to have his high school alma mater represented in the parade. An invitation is being prepared and fundraising began about a week ago.
The $125,000 is the amount estimated for 200 band members and staff to make the trip. If enough corporate and private donations come through, the trip also will include some Washington, D.C., sightseeing opportunities.
An account has been established at Salin Bank’s locations in Columbus and Edinburgh to accept donations under the title “Columbus North Band Boosters inaugural parade fund.”