Gulf Shores High Marching Funds

$39,346 of $50k goal

Raised by 563 people in 28 days
My name is Matthew Willis. I am the father of Chase Willis who is a proud member of the Gulf Shores High School Band
OUR STORY:
A total of 12 Gulf Shores High School band members -- aged 12 to 17 -- were injured, including three people who were in critical condition, when an SUV hit them on Tuesday afternoon at a Mardi Gras Parade. 

They lost many of their instruments and we are trying to do everything we can to help these kids get through this tragic accident. One of the best ways to get through this is to get them all back playing their music again. 
These kids are heartbroken, scared and in shock from this event. Mr. Mixon is their band director and will be spending a lot of time consoling these kids and getting them back on track. So I want to do my part to get the word out and take the stress of worrying about how they will be able to pay for all these instruments they have lost.

All of this money will be given straight to Gulf Shores High School Band to be used for the sole purpose of getting everything they will need for the band to start playing again and help these children put this unfortunate accident behind them. The sooner we raise this money, the sooner these kids can get back to what they love to do!

Let us show them that the world cares and help get them back to their music! This would mean the world to these kids and I don't think anyone can truly understand how thankful they would be for your support!

PLEASE SHARE ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIAS!

THANK YOU ALL FOR ANY SUPPORT YOU BRING!
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FINANCIALLY HELP, PLEASE SEND YOUR PRAYERS TO THESE KIDS! 

PLEASE SHARE THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA SO WE CAN REACH OUR GOAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!


This is the Mardi Gras accident 



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Update 3
Posted by Matthew Willis
24 days ago
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WOW! In only 3 days we have raised over $36,000 for these incredible kids! We have a little over $13k to go to reach out goal of $50k! Please continue to share this so we can keep this momentum going and hopefully reach our goal by the beginning of next week.

I want to thank each and every person and business from around the country that have donated so far. I assure you, the kids seeing these donations pour in have been a HUGE highlight for them!

Thank you all!
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Update 2
Posted by Matthew Willis
27 days ago
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Thank you to everyone that has helped share this page! The amount of support from all over has been absolutely incredible! Still a good ways to go but to be here this quickly is AWESOME!
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Update 1
Posted by Matthew Willis
28 days ago
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We have raised almost $5000 for all of the awesome kids! Thank you all for your support! It would be incredible if we can meet this goal for them!
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Victor Allan Taylor
28 days ago

Need a list of instruments damaged, and I will what can get gathered, I was 5 year band dad at Pine Forest in Pensacola. We are praying for you all!!!

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Christy Palmer
28 days ago

Mr. Smith apparently isn't from a small town where everyone's kid belongs to every parent. Mr. Smith also didn't do his research before commenting negatively on this page. Mr. Smith certainly doesn't understand what "family" means because he wouldn't have jumped to conclusions before reading the posts offering prayers and love to "our" kids and their families. Mr. Smith should think twice before posting about a small town where love, community and family are the cornerstone of how we raise our kids. So Mr. Smith, next time you need help, this community will pray for you, because Mr. Smith, that's what we do here in Gulf Shores, Alabama. There's enough love and encouragement in this small town that we will have the band room filled up, not only with the instruments needed, but with the healed and healthy children who ARE GSHS Band and with the love this community showers our kids with.

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Chase Willis
28 days ago

If you think this is fake I'll send pictures of what happened to some of my friends or whatever you want. This would mean a lot to us

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Matt Willis
28 days ago
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John Mason Smith: This is 100% real! My son is in this band and many of his friends were severely injured in today's horrible accident. I just set this up and have the school as the beneficiary of ALL funds! This is not a hoax and I am not a crook. This was done through the efforts of many of these kids! Their idea! I am just the adult that set it up

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Tina Snisky Hughes
28 days ago
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This has been a very emotional and stressful day. I have seen things I wish I had never seen. Our children need our prayers and hope and love. They do. It need your negative thoughts or views. If you do not wish to donate then don't. If you do not wish to be a part then don't. If you wish to be negative and act like an ass then go elsewhere. You are not needed nor wanted. Leave our kids alone and let them heal in peace. The rest of our community is behind them do move on.

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Patrick Chung
28 days ago
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I was not personally hit, but I was next to the vehicle when this happened. I was linked to the GoFundMe page by a band member (Jeremy Koonce) and I saw some people questioning the validity of the page. I can assure you that this is a true page to which you can donate to. I don't use Facebook at all, only to connect to certain things like this. But it is real. There is no official page of course, but this is a true page. No bad intentions. Be safe.

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Jackie Pohlman Madison
28 days ago
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Mr. John, Before discouraging others to donate and state that you know that this is a hoax, I would hope that you would do your own research to find out facts behind the page. However, if you, personally, would rather donate to the school directly, I am sure the band students and parents, as well as the administration, would appreciate it.

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Chase Willis
28 days ago
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Thank you all for your kind words! This means a lot to me and my fellow band members to hear

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Pamela Weight Saari
28 days ago
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More importantly is the condition of the children fighting for their lives. Instruments can always be replaced, lives can't.

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Chase Willis
28 days ago
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@john mason smith this is real i will send you pictures or whatever you need to assure you. Me personally as a student and witnessing a friend getting hit am greatful for this

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Emily Isbell
28 days ago
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This is real. I'm a band kid and I saw it happen. I know it's real.

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Karen Pollard McDaniel
27 days ago
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Mr. Smith, please refrain from negative comments. Even those of us who don't have band kids are reeling from this. We are a family here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and do not need your negativity, especially at a time like this. And yes, a fundraiser like this can pop up very quickly because that's how we react when one of our own is hurt down here in LA. Very quickly!! Peace.

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Lyn Dyes
27 days ago
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2

I have a Alto Sax that just needs a few minor repairs I can donate to any student in need of one.

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Kathleen Tucker
28 days ago
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Unable to help financially but my prayers and love are certainly with the entire community. During my 10 years in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, 7 years as the ballet instructor of many of the children, I found this community to be stronger, kinder, and more full of grace than any other place I have known. With much love from Mrs Tucker

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Martha Eubanks
28 days ago
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I live in Yuba City, CA. I am praying for a quick and speedy recovery for all those involved in this tragedy. So is so sad.

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Angie Swaney
28 days ago
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Band Mom from Panama City Beach here - and my heart is breaking for you kids. I am so sorry that you had to witness your "brothers and sisters" injured in such a horrific way. Stay strong and lean on each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Matt Willis
28 days ago
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Thank you "Patrick Chung"

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Annette Smith Gorham
28 days ago
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Praying for those beautiful kids! Thank you to the kind Mr Willis for setting this up.

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Michelle Carroll Stancil
28 days ago
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Thank you for creating a way for others to help. It has been a day feeling helpless not knowing how to help our band family.

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Kathy Allen
26 days ago
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Praying for all the band members who were hurt in the parade, Band means family, and each one of y'all are very special I pray God will heal all your pains and hurts and what you must of gone thru my heart breaks so very sad, I am praying for all Members of the Gulf shores Band! And praying for your families, God Bless each one of y'all!

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$39,346 of $50k goal

Raised by 563 people in 28 days
Created February 28, 2017
WW
$36
W. S. Neal High School Band Waller-Smith
4 days ago
1
1

Your band and its members are in our prayers.

$50
Anonymous
12 days ago
1
1
$300
Anonymous
13 days ago
1
1
PM
$100
Peter Eddy & Susana Martinez-Restrepo
16 days ago
1
1

Our hearts go out to the GSHS band and wish a speedy recovery for those injured. ❤️

$1,000
Russ Hutto
18 days ago
3
3

On behalf of Marching Band Is Awesome, we're honored to donate $1000 to this fund. We sold #bandstrong tees and the proceeds from this campaign will go directly toward the new instrument funds.

JW
$100
Jay and Jayne Woods
18 days ago
2
2

We found out about this terrible situation from friends of ours who have a child in the band. Our heart goes out to everyone involved.

LT
$50
LuLaRoe Brittany Terlinde
18 days ago
1
1
AR
$25
Andrew Rodgers
19 days ago
3
3

The McGill-Toolen Marching Band and Republic Services have Gulf Shores High Marching Band in our thoughts and prayers.

SS
$20
Samantha Smyth-Chandler
20 days ago
2
2

I am an educator and a musician. This was just terrible. I hope everyone is back on track soon.

$15
Anonymous
20 days ago
2
2
Victor Allan Taylor
28 days ago

Need a list of instruments damaged, and I will what can get gathered, I was 5 year band dad at Pine Forest in Pensacola. We are praying for you all!!!

+ Read More
Christy Palmer
28 days ago

Mr. Smith apparently isn't from a small town where everyone's kid belongs to every parent. Mr. Smith also didn't do his research before commenting negatively on this page. Mr. Smith certainly doesn't understand what "family" means because he wouldn't have jumped to conclusions before reading the posts offering prayers and love to "our" kids and their families. Mr. Smith should think twice before posting about a small town where love, community and family are the cornerstone of how we raise our kids. So Mr. Smith, next time you need help, this community will pray for you, because Mr. Smith, that's what we do here in Gulf Shores, Alabama. There's enough love and encouragement in this small town that we will have the band room filled up, not only with the instruments needed, but with the healed and healthy children who ARE GSHS Band and with the love this community showers our kids with.

+ Read More
Chase Willis
28 days ago

If you think this is fake I'll send pictures of what happened to some of my friends or whatever you want. This would mean a lot to us

+ Read More
Matt Willis
28 days ago
9
9

John Mason Smith: This is 100% real! My son is in this band and many of his friends were severely injured in today's horrible accident. I just set this up and have the school as the beneficiary of ALL funds! This is not a hoax and I am not a crook. This was done through the efforts of many of these kids! Their idea! I am just the adult that set it up

+ Read More
Tina Snisky Hughes
28 days ago
8
8

This has been a very emotional and stressful day. I have seen things I wish I had never seen. Our children need our prayers and hope and love. They do. It need your negative thoughts or views. If you do not wish to donate then don't. If you do not wish to be a part then don't. If you wish to be negative and act like an ass then go elsewhere. You are not needed nor wanted. Leave our kids alone and let them heal in peace. The rest of our community is behind them do move on.

+ Read More
Patrick Chung
28 days ago
7
7

I was not personally hit, but I was next to the vehicle when this happened. I was linked to the GoFundMe page by a band member (Jeremy Koonce) and I saw some people questioning the validity of the page. I can assure you that this is a true page to which you can donate to. I don't use Facebook at all, only to connect to certain things like this. But it is real. There is no official page of course, but this is a true page. No bad intentions. Be safe.

+ Read More
Jackie Pohlman Madison
28 days ago
6
6

Mr. John, Before discouraging others to donate and state that you know that this is a hoax, I would hope that you would do your own research to find out facts behind the page. However, if you, personally, would rather donate to the school directly, I am sure the band students and parents, as well as the administration, would appreciate it.

+ Read More
Chase Willis
28 days ago
4
4

Thank you all for your kind words! This means a lot to me and my fellow band members to hear

+ Read More
Pamela Weight Saari
28 days ago
4
4

More importantly is the condition of the children fighting for their lives. Instruments can always be replaced, lives can't.

+ Read More
Chase Willis
28 days ago
3
3

@john mason smith this is real i will send you pictures or whatever you need to assure you. Me personally as a student and witnessing a friend getting hit am greatful for this

+ Read More
Emily Isbell
28 days ago
3
3

This is real. I'm a band kid and I saw it happen. I know it's real.

+ Read More
Karen Pollard McDaniel
27 days ago
2
2

Mr. Smith, please refrain from negative comments. Even those of us who don't have band kids are reeling from this. We are a family here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and do not need your negativity, especially at a time like this. And yes, a fundraiser like this can pop up very quickly because that's how we react when one of our own is hurt down here in LA. Very quickly!! Peace.

+ Read More
Lyn Dyes
27 days ago
2
2

I have a Alto Sax that just needs a few minor repairs I can donate to any student in need of one.

+ Read More
Kathleen Tucker
28 days ago
2
2

Unable to help financially but my prayers and love are certainly with the entire community. During my 10 years in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, 7 years as the ballet instructor of many of the children, I found this community to be stronger, kinder, and more full of grace than any other place I have known. With much love from Mrs Tucker

+ Read More
Martha Eubanks
28 days ago
2
2

I live in Yuba City, CA. I am praying for a quick and speedy recovery for all those involved in this tragedy. So is so sad.

+ Read More
Angie Swaney
28 days ago
2
2

Band Mom from Panama City Beach here - and my heart is breaking for you kids. I am so sorry that you had to witness your "brothers and sisters" injured in such a horrific way. Stay strong and lean on each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Matt Willis
28 days ago
2
2

Thank you "Patrick Chung"

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Annette Smith Gorham
28 days ago
2
2

Praying for those beautiful kids! Thank you to the kind Mr Willis for setting this up.

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Michelle Carroll Stancil
28 days ago
2
2

Thank you for creating a way for others to help. It has been a day feeling helpless not knowing how to help our band family.

+ Read More
Kathy Allen
26 days ago
1
1

Praying for all the band members who were hurt in the parade, Band means family, and each one of y'all are very special I pray God will heal all your pains and hurts and what you must of gone thru my heart breaks so very sad, I am praying for all Members of the Gulf shores Band! And praying for your families, God Bless each one of y'all!

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