Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism and Mettle Events are happy to announce that the Hickory High School Band Program and Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation have been selected as this year’s charitable beneficiaries to share a portion of the event’s proceeds.
The Hickory High School Band Program includes a Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, The Marching Hawks (including color guard), Jazz Band, Winter Percussion Ensemble and Winter Guard. The Marching Hawks practice three days a week after school, support the Hickory Football team every weekend from September through November at their games, and participate in competitions and assessments. In addition, parents and students involved with the programs frequently participate in community events with local churches, restaurants and businesses, and visit elementary schools and senior living communities to perform holiday musical selections and spread cheer. The band programs at Hickory High School are always actively seeking ways to be more involved and visible in the community that supports their activities. Students in the various music programs at Hickory High School recently founded the first chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at the school. Tri-M activities increase students’ school and community involvement through music. Members of the Tri-M Honor Society are selected based on their academic and musical achievement, as well as their strength of character.
The mission of the Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation is to support Chesapeake Regional Medical Center by helping it respond to the community’s evolving health care needs. The foundation disbursed more than $400,000 during the last fiscal year to support the needs of the medical center to include: state-of-the-art renovations to the Mother Baby unit to enhance women’s health; support for the opening of the new Neuro Interventional Suite through the CRHF Gala; nearly 250 free mammograms and follow-up care to community members through the Bra-ha-ha Campaign; a Cuddle Cot for our Mother Baby
Unit; fundraising to support the Chapel Renovation Campaign; a new interactive play wall in the Emergency Department Children’s Waiting Area funded by Great Bridge Kiwanis Club; new fitness equipment for the Lifestyle Health and Fitness Center; diabetic supplies for the transitional care clinic; and improved digital signage for health promotion to the community.