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Lake Weir works to raise funds to send band to New York

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The Lake Weir High School Band, led by Band Director, Micheal Jennings, was invited to the New York City, St Patrick’s Day Parade in March of 2024. This invite is a great honor, the LWHS Band is working hard to make this dream a reality. It costs about $1000 per band member to make the trip to NYC and there are 100 band members, so that means, the LWHS Band needs to raise $100,000 to make this trip happen.

Recently the first fundraiser was held, a grilled Chicken Dinner, pick up only, at the Belleview Masonic Lodge at 5871 SE Baseline Road in Belleview. The Chicken Dinner came with baked beans, green beans, a roll.

The Lake Weir High School Band would like to thank the cooks that volunteered their Sunday to help them get closer their goal, Billy Schwingel and Noah Carroll, a LWHS student and volunteer whose Dad, Dennis Carroll assisted him. A big thanks to the sponsors of this dinner: Taylor Transportation Services, Belleview Meats & Seafood, Sonny’s BBQ in Belleview and Walmart in Summerfield. A huge shout out to the Belleview Masonic Lodges No 95 for hosting this dinner. All proceeds from this dinner go to the band members trip to New York City, this fundraiser raised $2,100 in just one day.

For information on how to donate and get the kids to New York City, please call Booster President Nadine Ohlinger at 352-572-7164.

Helping Lake Weir’s Band Get To NYC

Billy Schwingel, a volunteer cook, puts chicken on the grill at the Lake Weir High School Band Chicken Dinner held recently at the the Belleview Masonic Lodge. All proceeds went directly to the Lake Weir High School Band for a trip to New York City. Lake Weir High School’s Band was invited to perform in the New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade in March. It costs about $1,000 per band member to make the trip and there are 100 band members.

Lake Weir Pride

Kenzie Smith, a LWHS Band member prepares food at the Belleview Masonic Lodge. The band was invited to NYC to attend the St Patrick’s Day parade in March.

Working Together To Make New York A Reality

Becca Freeland, left, mom of a LWHS Band member and Paula Schwingel, get the green beans ready for the meal.

Perfect Grilling

LWHS student and volunteer cook, Noah Carroll shows off his tantalizing chicken at the LWHS’s Chicken Dinner at the Belleview Masonic Lodge No 95. The meals were $10 and all proceeds help to send the band to NYC for the St Patrick’s Day Parades in March 2024.

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