GHS Music Boosters Joins BCCF


The Greenville High School Music Boosters is now a member of the Bond County Community Foundation (BCCF). The group was recently accepted by the foundation’s board of directors. Donations to the boosters are now eligible for a tax deduction.

The boosters raise funds to support the high school band and choral departments. Past purchases have included the band trailer, new risers for the choir, and a Clavinova piano. The group’s next major fundraiser is the annual Drive-in Diner held in conjunction with the spring concert on April 22. In recent years the GHS music program, under the direction of choral director Shawn Cox and band director Ryan Thomason, has gained a reputation for its excellence. According to Cox, plans are underway for the department’s 2018 trip to compete in Orlando, Florida. Thomason said another priority is replacing the school’s aging instrument inventory. Both agreed the partnership with the foundation will aid in fundraising for new instruments.

Boosters officers are Ann Blackmon, president; Jennifer Baird, vice president; and Terri Sunderland, treasurer.

The officers issued this statement on becoming part of the BCCF, “The quality of the music programs at our high school here in Greenville is astounding. We would like to keep it that way. With generous donations from people in our community, we can sustain the excellence for our students for many years to come.”

Founded in 2014 to bring donors and local needs together, the BCCF was launched by The First National Bank based on the success of its Old Capitol Foundation in Fayette County. The foundation’s mission is to promote and facilitate the “furtherance of charitable and educational opportunities” in Bond and adjacent counties.

Other endowments under the BCCF include the Bond County CEO program, Bond County Fair Association, Bond County Humane Society, Bond County Independence Day Festival Association, Comets Sports Boosters, DeMoulin Museum, Kingsbury Park District, and Mulberry Grove Sports Boosters.

For more information on becoming a donor to any of the above groups, please contact Pat Kious at The First National Bank at 664-0300 or Liz Heinzmann at The First National Bank’s Trust Department at 283-5222. You may also visit the website at

Celebrating its 152nd year in business, The First National Bank has locations in Greenville, Mulberry Grove, Vandalia, Ramsey, and Patoka.

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