Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 31, 2013

Tasty event to help out school band

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Tasty treats all tie together with a big upcoming trip as an annual gathering benefiting the Pauls Valley school band is not far away.

It’s called Taste of the Valley, this year set from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the county fair barn in PV.

As in the past the event will bring together hungry patrons with a whole variety of menu treats provided by local restaurants. Also featured are a silent auction and raffle.

Proceeds will go to help the Pride of the Valley band, which consists of eighth through 12th grade students in the PV band.

This year the event is even bigger because the money raised will help the band go on a big time trip planned for next spring.

Band director Drew Etheredge knows all too well just how important this fundraiser is for his students.

“This is the band’s major fundraiser,” Etheredge said.

“This is a big year for Taste of the Valley and the kids because it’s a big fundraiser for their trip to Washington, D.C.”

The trip planned for May 24-29, 2014 includes the PV band taking part in a D.C. Memorial Day parade and a special wreath laying ceremony to take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Ceremony.

“We will have a major performance in D.C.,” he said. “It’s an unbelievable honor to represent our school, represent our state.

“We even get to participate in a special wreath laying ceremony.”

In that ceremony a wreath with the Pauls Valley name will be included.

“Things like that, the experiences, for some of these kids it’s their chance to be exposed to the culture of our American history,” Etheredge said.

As for the upcoming Taste of the Valley, band members are currently selling tickets to the event. Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $15 at the door on the night of the event.

The more money raised that night the better in offsetting some of the costs of the trip, he said.

With around 65 band members expected to take the trip, the total cost for each one of them is just over $800.

“We are trying to raise as much as we can to knock off some of that cost for the kids.”

Etheredge is clearly thankful for all the help being given by band parents, PV restaurants and others in making this fundraiser a success.

For one, each participating restaurant will offer a sample of their menus to those choosing to attend the event.

Also, each person contributing to the effort is helping to make a trip like this possible.

“This is awesome for the students,” Etheredge said about next year’s Washington, D.C. trip.

“A trip like this wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community and these restaurants,” he said.

“This Taste of the Valley, the generosity of the community and these restaurants make these things possible for our students.

“I want to thank the generosity of the community and these businesses.”