Some schools take a traditional route to fundraising by selling cookie dough, candy bars and popcorn, but the San Benito High School Baler Band Boosters take another path.
Closing out their third annual SBHS mattress sale on Aug. 25, San Benito County residents had the opportunity to buy a new mattress at a discounted price.
Teaming up with Custom Fundraising Solutions of San Jose, the goal was to raise money for new equipment and musical instruments, as well as to offset costs for future competitions.
The mattress sale raised $2,800.
“It’s such an unusual fundraiser that it draws attention to itself,” said SBHS Band and Choir Director Joseph Fortino. “Plus to make this event successful, we have to get the word out about the event and in doing so more people learn about the band program.”
Fortino said that the band program includes the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Winterguard, and the Winter Percussion Ensemble. Combined, all groups form the Marching Band, with Colorguard making up the largest section of the group.
Baler Band Booster Vice President Robert Brown called the event a win-win and said that once signed up to host a fundraiser, most of the work then falls to the fundraising company.
“We have to be here. That’s about it,” Brown said.
So, what is it that makes this fundraiser work?
For Custom Fundraising Solutions owner Sam St. Germain, it’s teaming up with schools that need help, while providing a service to the community.
“We work with a lot of music programs,” St. Germain said. “They tend to have a bigger financial need than other programs.”
On why mattresses are a great idea for a fundraiser, he said, “People need to lie on a mattress and that need will never go away.”
Said Fortino: “We love this community and greatly appreciate the generosity and support we get as a band and as a school. Fundraisers such as this give students opportunities they couldn’t find elsewhere like leadership workshops, specialized coaching, entry fees for honor groups and competitions, and much more.”