Geary County Children's Choir

$240 of $18k goal

Raised by 12 people in 38 months
Lana Humphress  JUNCTION CITY, KS
Please help us as we raise money for our performance group of children in grades 4 thru 8. We plan a day trip in the local area on the odd years while fundraising for a 3 or 4 day out of area trip during the summer break in 2012 we performed in Branson Missouri, And in 2014 we performed in Colorado Springs Colorado. We are looking to perform again in Branson Missouri durning the summer of 2016

Please consider partnering with us -- every $1 helps us reach our goal.

Thank you for supporting Music Education and our students!

The Geary County Children's Choir has 501(c)3 status so your donation is tax deductible.

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Update 12
12 months ago

we want to thank all that have donated and let everyone know that we are preparing for performances at the Kansas Music Educators state conference in February and Sunflower Choral Festival in April . Please help us raise the funds to preform in Branson Mo In June 2016.. Thank you
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Update 11
22 months ago

The Geary County Children’s Choir has been busy this year. The students performed at the Christkindl Market on Ft. Riley, KS, Milford’s tree lightening ceremony, and at the United Methodist Church in Chapman. This past weekend they had the opportunity to sing at the Opera House for the art walk and then headed to Ft. Riley to sing at a battalion Christmas Party. A small group will be performing at the PX on Ft. Riley, KS Dec. 19th from 1130am to 100pm. We are fundraising now for a day trip next year. Any way that you can help support the choir, whether through donations or coming to a performance is greatly appreciated by all the students, parents, and directors!

Upcoming events:
Biscuit/Gravy fundraiser on January 17th, 2015 from 7am to 1030 am at the Eagles Hall, located at 203 East 10th St in Junction City, KS. Advance tickets are $5 and $6 at the door.
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Update 10
32 months ago

We had a wonderful day on our trip to perform for the Kansas Music Educators at the KMEA workshop in Wichita, KS .

The students performed excellent and on their way home a stop at Braum's for a single scoop for each choir student in Newton, Kansas .

We thank each and every one who are helping make the dreams of performing in Colorado Springs, Co, a true possibility for each of our members.
With your donations and those of Hutton Construction, The Fraternal Order of The Eagles Aerie 830 and other local businesses, we were able to make our 1st installment payment and are still fundraising daily.

Thank you for your continuing support, and we will keep you posted to our progress.

I have uploaded another wonderful video of the choir this is of warms ups for the KMEA Performance. ENJOY
Warm ups for KMEA performance
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Update 9
33 months ago

Geary County Children's Choir scrambling to recuperate lost funds

By Chase Jordan Reporter for The Daily Union, Junction City, Kansas

For an entire year, members of the Geary County Children's Choir raised money with hopes of traveling to Colorado Springs. But their summertime journey to the Centennial State maybe in jeopardy. According to Geary County Children's Choir Greg Gooden, Glen Irwin, the former business manager for the organization, allegedly embezzled $10,000. After a recent investigation by the Junction City Police Department, Irwin was charged with felony theft. A criminal complaint was filed Thursday with the Geary County District Court. The complaint alleges Irwin, between Jan. 2013 and December 2013,was involved in the theft of undeposited money from the owner, the Geary County Children'sChoir. "It's a shock to the kids because they spent a lot of hours fundraising," Director Greg Gooden said. "It's sad someone would take money from children.That's really what he
did." A couple of those of those activities included selling candy bars and performing throughout
town. The money would also pay for necessities such as transportation,snacks and meals.
Irwin was a member of the fundraising committee for three years. Gooden said he was a
trustworthy individual who served as business manager for only one year."Obviously, that's where the problem occurred," Gooden said about his prior access to the funds. The total cost of the trip
is $35,000. They were unable to make the first January payment of more than $8,000 due to the theft. "Prior to Christmas vacation, we noticed there was money missing and I questionedhim through emails and texts," Gooden said. "He finally agreed to meet with us and he lied to us." Those lies involved Irwin needing the money for liver cancer, according to Gooden. Choir leaders asked for proof of his medical condition,but no official documents were provided. "We found out he wasn't sick," Gooden said. "We decided it was time to go forth and turn him in." Gooden was told the money would be replaced by Jan. 13, with more to add on top of it. But that never happened. "We may get some of that
back with restitution, but that may be a long process," he said. Now, the choir is scrambling
trying to replace those funds for the performance tour. Some of the scheduled stops include
Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds. "We're not cancelling the trip right now,"
he said. "We're hoping that we can do this. But $8,000 is a bighole right now." Every two years,
the choir plans a major tour after the school year ends. In June 2012, the ensemble travelled to
Branson, Mo. Along with performances, those trips also provide educational opportunities.
"We call ourselves the musical ambassadors of Junction City," Gooden said. "When we go to different places like Colorado Springs, we're representing the community." The choir consists of 60 members and performs regularly in various sites in the community. Despite the financial setback and shock, the children are still rehearsing. The children are scheduled to perform at a gathering for Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) in February. "I'm not sure that they really understand everything that's going on," Gooden said. "They're hanging in there and I told them we're going to stay positive and work through this." Outside of fundraising, each child already paid $250 for the trip. GCCC was granted an extension with a double payment due in May. The next payment to the tour company is due in February. Gooden thanks the community for their financial support, but said the need is greater now. "We're hoping that the community will help us out," Gooden said. If the Colorado trip is not
possible, Gooden said the choir is still going to make a smaller travel plan. "We're going to go on and
make the best we can out of this situation," Gooden said. "I've got a good group of kids that's going to give an awesome performance at KMEA and hopefully in Colorado," Gooden said.
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$240 of $18k goal

Raised by 12 people in 38 months
Created September 12, 2013
J. Schafer
33 months ago

Good luck Junction City kids! We're rooting for you to raise the money.

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Hoping more people help these children do something positive that can possibly change one or more of their lives. Please contribute $1 or $5 or whatever you can. Every little bit helps. Love you Destiny!

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