North still needs to raise $105,000 for trip by Friday

An all-out blitz seeking to raise money to send the Columbus North High School Band to the inaugural parade in January is hoping to have enough pledges to fund the trip by Friday.

Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, said he and the band booster organization have sent out an email to all North band boosters, band parents and students asking them to have their pledges in by Friday. About 1,000 requests were sent seeking a pledge, Smith said.

Smith announced he would take the rest of the week to try to raise the $125,000 the North band needs to attend the parade in Washington D.C. The effort has about $20,000 so far, not enough for the band to make a commitment to place reservations and begin the process of planning the trip.

No funds are being collected until the pledges reach the goal of $125,000. The band is expecting an invitation from the inaugural parade committee as Vice President-elect Mike Pence, a 1977 Columbus North graduate, had asked that the band participate.

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.”

Smith is asking anyone wishing to make a pledge to email him at as soon as possible.