In this season of giving the Red Deer Royals Concert and Marching Show Band are looking for a little more generosity to help them pay off the remaining costs of their new fieldhouse at St. Joseph High School.
The Royals Alumni Association started fundraising for that beautiful new space about 10 years ago, and they have $700,000 left in their commitment to the Red Deer Catholic School Division.
President of the Red Deer Community Band Society, the umbrella organization for the Royals, Heidi O'Connor says they are grateful for the support they've received to date.
“The City of Red Deer you know put up $250,000, province of Alberta was $250,000, it’s named the Kinsmen Fieldhouse because the Kinsmen Club you know put in $600,000 and then of course there is other fundraisers and private donations that have come in to help with this as well”.
They’re anxiously awaiting a response from the federal government.
Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins helped the Royals deliver over 1,000 letters to Ottawa recently in a plea for federal support.
In the meantime O'Connor says they continue to fundraise.
“The Red Deer Royals Alumni have what they are calling a virtual brick wall campaign where you can purchase a brick for $300, now this is going to be put on TV monitors in the fieldhouse and they are going to run continuously when there are events being held in the fieldhouse”.
The Royals have been enjoying their new football field sized fieldhouse since April.
They’ll be performing at the annual Red Deer Community Bands Open House Concert tonight (Dec 6th) at 7pm at the Kinsmen Fieldhouse, a total of 5 bands from the Red Deer Community Band Society will be taking part.