Cave B Estate Winery donates to QHS band
Quincy High School band’s morning practice session received a surprise visitor on April 24. It wasn’t Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, but it might as well have been, because it was all good news: an $8,422 donation toward new band uniforms.
Carrie Arredondo, Cave B Estate Winery events and marketing manager, came to the school to present the band with the checks, which had come from various local businesses.
Cave B has been donating to the Quincy Valley Medical Center Foundation for five years with money from the winery’s annual Caveman Roar ’n’ Pour 5k run. This year, the Quincy marching band at the winery to perform pep music for the 700 participants of the fun run, at the beginning and at the end of the race.
“We decided to focus on youth this year and with our love of music, as seen through our history with the Gorge, and now with our own Stage B amphitheater outside our tasting room doors, we wanted to give back to youth involved directly in playing music,” Arredondo stated in a Cave B press release.
Sabey Construction was the most generous donor this year. Other benefactors were Stetner Electric and Legacy II, LLC, Desert Sun Dental, CliftonLarsonAllen, Martin-Morris Agency, Quincy Hardware & Lumber, Protection 1 EMS, Stage B and Cave B Estate.
Cave B Estate Winery allocated 100 percent of the sponsorship money, plus a portion of registration fees, to go toward the QHS marching band’s uniform fund, according to the Cave B press release.
Arredondo also invited the band to come to the Cave B Winery in the summer to hear the visiting performers. She especially recommended they attend The Villalobos Brothers’ performance at the Apoyo Festival on July 6. The winery is going to give the band members a $20 discount on the regularly priced $30 tickets.
“Apoyo” stands for “support.” In an advertising poster, the winery explains how a community is not as strong without people helping one another out. With that in mind, $5 of each ticket sold through a nonprofit will go toward supporting that specific nonprofit, and $5 of each ticket sold online or in the Cave B Estate Winery tasting rooms will go into the Cave B Vineyard Workers Children’s Education Scholarship Fund.
Upon receiving the donation from Arredondo, the school band’s director, Patrick Gordon, expressed his gratitude to the donors and the community that supports them. Maybe the biggest thanks was the roomful of smiling faces holding their instruments possibly even more proudly now.
By Jaana Hatton, For the Post-Register