Niagara Cares, the charitable division of Niagara Bottling, recently awarded a grant of nearly $67,000 to Lake Minneola High School to fund the purchase of new instruments and sound equipment for their award winning band program. Niagara Bottling employees presented a large check to Lake Minneola High School’s Band Director, Andy Deen, and students from the band program performed a small concert for Niagara employees and parents as a demonstration of gratitude.
“The students and I are so incredibly grateful to receive these funds,” said Andy Deen, Director of Bands. “This donation will allow us to replace our sound system and also purchase new instruments that will provide even more opportunities for music education at our school.”
The school has an award-winning band program of 110 students who travel throughout the state of Florida and compete in the Florida Marching Band Championships (FMBC). For the past two years, the ensemble has finished in the top five for marching units and has been invited to perform at the Peach Bowl, in Atlanta, GA despite having to use failing or borrowed equipment.
“As a local member of the community and on behalf of the Niagara team, we are grateful for the opportunity to support the high school band program and its students,” said Chris Czerwonka, Human Resource Manager of Niagara Bottling. “We hope this donation will expand the program to more students and help them continue to excel.”