Manning High School's Golden Pride Marching Band will represent South Carolina and march in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on January 20 in Washington, D.C.

For the band's 85 members to participate in the parade, it needed to raise $40,000 to defray costs. Thanks to efforts by band members, this Web site and generous gifts from around the state, the money was raised by the end of 2008.

More can be done

But more needs to be done to enhance the band's future. The Golden Pride can use donations to repair and buy instruments and to purchase new uniforms for the coming season. To provide help to this band today, we encourage you to make a credit-card contribution by clicking the button below.

Those interested in providing more help to the school's band should contact band director Ray Francis at 803-435-4417 or mail a donation to Manning High School, 2155 Paxville Highway, Manning, SC 29102. Checks can be made payable to Manning High School and earmarked "Presidential Inauguration."

All donations are tax-deductible.


The Golden Pride is one of 1,382 organizations to submit an application to march in the parade. MHS Golden Pride will be the only S.C. participant.

The Golden Pride played for President-elect Obama three times during the campaign season.

  • Clarendon School District Two's federal tax ID number: 57-6000708




As of 11 a.m. Jan. 7, online donors have given $1,528.80 to help the Manning band. Thank you! See the latest news.


While the generosity of people in Clarendon County and across the state will allow 85 students to participate in the presidential inaugural parade, your support is still needed. With a small donation of $10 or $25, you can help the band replace duct-taped instruments and buy new uniforms. We appreciate any gift you are able to make.

(If you have trouble using the secure PayPal site, please send us an email.)

Donate by check. As an alternative, you can help the band by writing and sending a check to:

Manning High School
2155 Paxville Highway
Manning, SC 29102

Please note that the check is to be used for "Presidential Inauguration." Donations are tax-deductible.


1/4: Manning band prepares for inaugural, Sumter Item

1/4: Band confident, ready, Sumter Item

12/31: Band gets $10,000 donation, Sumter Item

12/31: Erwin nonprofit puts band over top, BusinessWire

12/30: Band raising funds to go to DC, WBTW TV (click link to see video)

12/30: Statehouse Report launches online donation page

12/30: Statehouse Report helps Manning band, Sumter Item

12/24: Students working to raise cash

12/21: Band needs $17,000 more

12/21: Band in fund-raising mode

12/18: Manning band to perform in D.C.





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