Thanks to the generous support of friends, family members and fans of Drum Corps International ensembles around the world, more than $300,000 was raised in the span of a week as part of the 2018 DCI Giving Challenge.
With a four-year running total in excess of $1.6 million, the 2018 edition of the DCI Giving Challenge fundraiser pitted just under 40 different DCI World and Open 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 Friday, August 3, the total among all participating organizations came in at $315,903.
Three groups stood out as the top fundraisers in their classes. The FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps, a SoundSport team who will head to next week's DCI World Championships in Indianapolis for the first time in 2018 took top honors in its division, while Legends held off 7th Regiment to top DCI's Open Class division. The defending World Class leader Boston Crusaders posted enough donations to secure its bragging rights for another year.
FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps
Though the Giving Challenge campaign has ended, supporters can still donate to any of the respective organizations as they start their push to the end of Drum Corps International's 2018 summer tour and the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis.
View all totals from the 2018 DCI Giving Challenge.