Over $1 million has been raised by groups and individuals who plan on attending the inauguration of President-elect Trump, with Talladega College’s Marching Tornado Band raising the bulk of it.
Wednesday, GoFundMe announced that 85 campaigns had been created on their fundraising website in an effort to raise funds for inaugural travel expenses.
Talladega College President, Billy Hawkins, appeared on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor Thursday night, where he discussed the fundraising campaign the band started on January 3rd. The next day, more than $300,000 in donations poured in for the school.
As of Tuesday night, the school as raised more than $607,000, which far exceeds their $75,000 goal.
Hawkins called the generous response from the country, “probably the single-greatest fundraising effort” for the school.
The money, which has come from about 10,500 donations, has skyrocketed the Talladega band to the number one campaign on GoFundMe right now.
According to GoFundMe, the other top campaigns are:
- PRHS Marching Pride Inaugural Trip, Naples, Fla., raising $152,000.
- Lil’ Wranglers Dancing to DC, College Station, Texas, raising $51,000.
- Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes and Drums, Palm Coast, Fla., raising $40,000.
- Tupelo High School Band Inauguration Parade, Tupelo, Miss., raising $32,000.
The band, which applied to participate in the events prior to the election, will reportedly have about 225 members taking part in the historical trip.
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