The Carson High School (CHS) Blue Thunder Marching Band was presented with a check for $3,106 from Greater Nevada Credit Union during the February 25 Band-O-Rama. The event, hosted at Carson High School, featured the bands from all Carson City area schools performing for the public.
Greater Nevada has an educational branch inside of Carson High School since 1996 and became an official sponsor of the school’s band in 2015. The sponsorship provides up to $1,000 in matching funds each year to support CHS band programs, and the credit union also provided funding for some of the band’s other needs.
“On behalf of the Blue Thunder Marching Band, I would like to thank Greater Nevada Credit Union for their support and generous donation.” Said Bill Zabelsky, CHS director of bands and orchestra. “Fundraising is always a challenge, and Greater Nevada made it much easier.”
Julie Slocum, Greater Nevada’s educational branch supervisor, said the partnership is a good fit, especially since the credit union supports many different programs at the high school, as well as teaching the banking class that provides both work experience and financial education to students. In addition, many Carson High School graduates have received money to support their post-high school learning through Greater Nevada’s annual academic scholarship program.
Beside the Carson High School Marching Band, Greater Nevada also sponsors high school bands in Washoe County, as well as the University of Nevada’s Wolf Pack Marching Band.
Greater Nevada is headquartered in Carson City and has been helping Nevadans with their financial needs since 1949. The credit union serves more than 51,000 consumers and small businesses, and has more than $585 million in assets. Greater Nevada has also been consistently recognized as both Best Financial Institution in many of its service areas and as a top employer by the Reno/Tahoe Best Places to Work Awards. For more information, visit gncu.org.