UPDATE: Since the goal was met with 5 days still remaining in September, the board of directors has offered to continuing matching September donations up to $20,000!! Please encourage your friends to make a donation — the size does not matter.

Recently, you should have received a letter from me asking for your support of Phantom Regiment’s annual End of the Year Campaign — the popular “coffee mug campaign” — which kicked off online the day after DCI World Championships. I hope you are going to be able to help.

You are no doubt aware that the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors, program director Dan Farrell and I have worked hard the past several years to restore the financial stability of the Phantom Regiment organization, and that hard work is paying off.

The board of directors would like to see continued improvement and to start the 2010-11 year on even better financial footing. So, they have issued a challenge to all Phantom Regiment fans, friends and alumni: Donate $15,000 in September and they will match your donations dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000 — for a total of $30,000!!

All of the perks for the “coffee mug campaign” are still in place. A donation of $60 or more gets you a souvenir coffee mug, while a donation of $500 or more garners a 2010 tour DVD in addition to the coffee mug. The exciting part, however, is that every donation will be doubled!

The corps had a great season, finishing sixth at the world championships and winning its third Fred Sanford Trophy (highest percussion score) in the past 5 years. This is your chance to really help the organization get off to a great start for 2011.

There are several easy ways you can donate:

* Send a check with EOY in the memo section to Phantom Regiment, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
* Donate online now
* Call 815-226-2835 with a credit card number

Progress toward the $15,000 mark will be tracked on regiment.org as well as our Facebook page (you don’t have to join Facebook).

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Rick Valenzuela
Executive Director