The Hope High School Marching Bobcat Band has a proud history and tradition of well-timed precision on the halftime gridiron and at marching competitions. Now, another Hope organization with such a tradition of precision and timing is stepping up to help the Bobcat Band take its high step to Washington, D. C.
The Hope Lions Club will bring its precision fish frying teams to Hope Fair Park Coliseum on Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. to produce mounds of its famous fried catfish and fixin's to benefit the Bobcat Band.
Plates will be $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 10 and under for both dine-in and takeout orders. Tickets are still available from any HHS Band member, Band parent, at the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce offices at Second and Main streets, and at the door Thursday evening, according to Lions President John Collier.
Not only will guests enjoy fried catfish or chicken with French fries, sides and a drink, but entertainment during the evening will be provided by the Hope High School Jazz Cats, dining room service will be provided by marching band members, and a silent auction will also be held.
But, there's more.
Band parents fundraising chair Jennifer Methvin has announced that during the evening, two sets of two front section tickets to the John Michael Montgomery Concert at Hempstead Hall on March 8 will be given away as door prizes during the fish fry. Montgomery will be in concert to benefit the Bobcat Band.
The Bobcat Band has been invited to march in the National Memorial Day Parade on May 27 in Washington, D. C. During the visit to the nation's capital, the band will not only take in many of the national treasures in the capital, but will also participate in the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in the name of Hope High School.
Costs for the trip are in excess of $700 per student, totaling almost $60,000 for the band to raise for charter bus travel, meals, accommodations, tour tickets and fees, and parade participation costs, Methvin said.
Hope residents and businesses are being encouraged to Get on the Bobcat Bandwagon, by becoming $100 support donors, or $1,000 sponsorship donors. Interested donors may contact Methvin at 870-703-0459 or at firstname.lastname@example.org online.