Lions Clubs work together to send band to Rose Bowl

Ohio State marching band for the blindBy Scott Rawdon Buckeye Lake, Ohio – The Lions Club Foundation, including the Millersport Lions Club is raising $80,000 to send the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band to march in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Millersport Lion Rondia Sexton said the OSU Blind Marching Band is the only one of its kind in the US, and being asked to perform in Pasadena is a great honor. The trip won’t be cheap.

A sighted person must join each band member during the parade and Sexton said the band’s uniforms are more than 20 years old and need to be replaced. “They’re not used to marching in a five mile long parade,” she said. Sexton said the Lions Club accepted the fundraising challenge because the OSU Blind Marching Band is very difficult positioneven though the band was asked to play in Pasadena, none of the members is allowed to solicit funds his or her self.

All donations are tax deductible through the Ohio Lions Foundation. Contact Ron Robbins at (614) 888-8773 or Sexton at (740) 405-9871.