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Centier Bank Donates $1,000 to Merrillville High School for Band Uniforms

June 4, 2021

Published in the NWI Times
By AnnMarie Hilton

June 4, 2021

MERRILLVILLE — Because of a donation from Centier Bank, the Merrillville High School Marching Band of Pirates will be sporting new uniforms this fall.  According to a news release from the school corporation, the local, family-owned bank donated $10,000 toward the purchase of new uniforms. The donation brings total funds raised to $20,000. 

"We are very grateful to Centier for providing this support for our students," said Nick Brown, superintendent of Merrillville Community School Corp.

"Our Band of Pirates always represent our schools with pride and quality, and these new uniforms will be appreciated as we march forward."

The MHS Band Boosters raised $10,000 through fundraising campaigns, but they needed to reach the $20,000 mark for the school corporation to match, dollar for dollar, the additional $20,000 needed to purchase the uniforms, the release said.

Anthony R. Contrucci, Centier’s senior vice president for community relations, said the band members earned the uniforms with their hard work, passion and dedication.

"I was a student athlete and member of my school band," Contrucci said in the release. "My coaches and band directors always stated, 'If you look sharp, you will play sharp and perform well.' That is why Centier was thrilled to be able to help fund the band’s new uniforms."

In the release, MHS Band Director Mark Danielson said the current uniforms are more than 17 years old. The uniforms are worn at least a dozen times each year during football games, competitions, parades and pep rallies, the release said.

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