Bands Battle for a Good Cause
COLUMBIA - Students from the University of Missouri held a band contest at the Blue Note Tuesday evening.
The event raised money for the local United Way.
The battle of the bands was added this year as part of the annual challenge between MU and KU.
Seven local bands volunteered their time for the cause. The money was raised through admission costs, donations and t-shirt sales at the event.
Students from the rival universities are trying to raise more money than the other. Last year, MU beat KU 10:1 in the amount of money raised.
Tim Rich, Executive Director of the Heart of Missouri United Way, said the program has already raised eighty percent of their goal for this year.
"United Way is a local organization, using local dollars to make a local impact. And what's great about tonight's event is that these are all volunteers that are coming out to help support us,"Rich said.
This year, KU has enlisted the help of K-State to try to win the battle to raise the most money. According to Rich, they also extended their fundraising period longer than last year to try to pull ahead. The race to win the competition ends November 20th.
"We have a goal of 3.3 million dollars to support 31 local non-profit United Way organizations with 60 programs of health and human services for people in need in Mid-Missouri," Rich said.
The school that raises the most money will be announced at the annual MU/KU football game.