Thanks to the generous support of friends, family members and fans of Drum Corps International ensembles around the world, more than $500,000 was raised in the span of a week as part of the 2017 DCI Giving Challenge.
Generating more than $400,000 in each of the past two seasons, the 2017 edition of the DCI Giving Challenge fundraiser pitted more than 40 different DCI World, Open and International Class corps and SoundSport teams against each other in a class-level, head-to-head fundraising competition.
Each group spent the last week working to raise more money from its supporters than every other group in its competitive class. When the campaign concluded at the end of Saturday, July 29, the total among all participating organizations came in at $516,506, more than has ever before been raised as part of this now annual campaign.
“The manner in which our ensembles and their supporters have come together in this effort is pretty amazing,” said Chris Lugo, executive director of The Cavaliers. “This year's effort has helped the three-year aggregate total to surge well past $1.3 million. We're already thinking of ways to involve more folks in the 2018 effort in order to provide even more support to drum corps and Soundsport teams at a critical time in the annual tour.”
Individually, four groups stood out as the top fundraisers in their classes including British corps THE COMPANY from Chesterfield, England, the Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Colorguard SoundSport team, and Boston Crusaders and Legends in DCI's World and Open Class divisions.
Boston Crusaders $82,515
THE COMPANY $3,215
Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Colorguard $5,450
Though the Giving Challenge campaign has ended, fans can still donate to any of the respective organizations as they start their push to the end of Drum Corps International's 45th anniversary season and the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis.