Husky Philanthropy

A unique way to support the Husky Band

Those of you who generously support the band — whether through annual giving or by attending events like the Sneak Preview — provide a myriad of tangible benefits to the 240 members of the Husky Band. For starters, we could not have gotten the entire band and cheer squad to last season’s Pac-12 Championship Game without the help of the many of you who gave, and your support was instrumental in getting us to the Rutgers season opener. Along with helping underwrite the HMB’s operational expenses, many of you also support the alumni band’s fundraising for scholarships for band members. HMBAA has been able to give close to $40,000 in scholarships each of the last three years, thanks to you!

However, did you know that you can also impact the band for many years into the future by establishing a long-term endowment? Husky Band alum Jonell (Chinn) Lee, ’99, and her husband, Chris Lee, M.D. ’03, recently developed this unique way of supporting the band by establishing the “Touch of Class” Husky Band Endowment.

Jonell and Chris were looking for a way in which Jonell could show her love and continued dedication to the organization that had an enormous impact on her life. She and Chris have helped ensure their long-term support of the band, just as you can!

The Husky Band has been a family to us; our daughter’s presence is a constant reminder that we want the Husky Band family to endure for her and potentially even her children. Our hope is for future generations of the band to have the same opportunities that I enjoyed during my Varsity years. The ‘Touch of Class’ endowment is the beginning of giving back from an original member of Brad [McDavid]’s rookie class.”

Jonell also recently took the time to create the following video for those who might also be considering an endowment as their means of support for the future of the band.

No matter if your support is annual, periodic, long-term or through special opportunities, the members of the band, past and present, cannot possibly thank you enough as your generosity, no matter in what form, is an enormous help in allowing the University to provide the students with the type of first-class experience that their hard-work and dedication deserves.