FBBB auction tops the charts again this year

With a new location and a new way to operate, the 38th Annual Famed Brady Bulldog Band Auction was deemed a success last Saturday with a total of $13,863.50 raised for their efforts. The auction was held for the first time this year at the Brady High School band hall rather than KNEL radio station. Proceeds from the annual event are used to offset some of the ongoing expenses of the band program. The auction is the band’s primary fundraiser and is sponsored by the Brady Band Boosters. The kindly donations by Sonic Drive-In proprietor Javier Paniagua added $3,500 to the band’s efforts. Paniagua, as in years past, donated half of their proceeds raised during business hours on Saturday to the band’s operating fund. In return, band members participated in the day’s work by being the carhops. They also gladly did this to help facilitate efficient service to show their appreciation to Sonic for its continued support. ‘Everything was great and the kids did a great job of helping out,’ said Paniagua. ‘I have been doing this for 30 years and I’m already ready for next year.’ Last year Sonic Day brought in $3,700 and the auction brought in $15,200 for a grand total of $18,900. The total amount raised by the auction and Sonic Day this year was $17, 363.50. ‘I thought the auction went really well. The Sonic Day was one of the most successful days there,’ said Brady Band Director Butch Crudgington. ‘No question about it, this was a successful event for our band program. Everyone liked having the auction in the band hall.’ Crudgington discussed the fact that the band program covers grades six through 12 with about 240 students participating. The money is used not only for the next four-year trip, but also for replacement of band instruments and other needed items for the band program. The money donated is collected and controlled by the Brady Band Booster Club for the band’s use. According to Crudgington, the first auction was held in 1971 as a cake and baked goods auction. The first year auction netted a little over $900. In 2005, the total between the auction and Sonic Day brought in over $14,000. This year the auction duties were handled by Penny Williams, now in her 21st year of handling the chores, along with local radio personality Lynn Farris. These two people answered the opening bell and were there until the last gavel hit the board. The most popular item that was up for sale was the Texas Hold ‘Em dinner party for 10 couples which went to the Wild Hare Gang for $900. Another big item was the La-z-Boy recliner for $800 to Conise Patterson, and the tailgate party to be held prior to one of next year’s Brady Bulldog football games for $750 to the She-Bang Gang. The auction finished up at 6:30 p.m. being aired on KNEL radio and by Sudden Link Cable Channel 12. ‘We had about 220 items for sale, with all of those being donated items. About one-half of the items were baked goods, which added a lot to the auction,’ said Crudgington. ‘Parents of the band kids were manning the phones during the auction and it was overseen by assistant band director Bobby Halamicek. Also, assistant band director Mandy Touchstone was in charge of helping to get the items delivered. We all had a good time! ‘I appreciate and thank the businesses in Brady for their continued support, and I would like to thank all of the parents for their help and support.”

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