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Elected Officials Launch Campaign to Return $5,000 Fine Paid for Halftime Violation to the Marching "100"

By: FAMU Press Release
By: FAMU Press Release

[UPDATE] at 5:15 PM on 11-11-10 by Stephanie Salvatore

Local leaders are stepping up to the plate to help the Marching 100 with a five thousand dollar fine.

The Mid Eastern athletic conference fined the 100 for going over their allotted time during the half time performance at the Homecoming game. Representative Alan Williams and Commissioner Bill Proctor teamed up with a campaign to help give back to the organization that has done so much for the community.

"Our band is one of the reasons why the MEAC conference has some great turnouts, when FAMU plays the away games, so I thought it was a little going beyond their reach to say we're going to fine these students for doing- putting all of their effort in," says Rep. Alan Williams.

Donations will be collected at the next home game for the campaign.
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Tallahassee, FL - Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor and Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) have joined forces to launch a campaign to replace the $5,000 the Marching “100” was required to pay for the fine imposed by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

“The young people in our band give so much time and energy in the heat, rain and cold to perfect their precision as marching musicians,” said Rep. Williams. “We take this opportunity to ask every caring Rattler to answer our request for full support in response to this fine.”

At the November 13, football game against Hampton University, Commissioner Proctor and Rep. Williams will encourage those in attendance to make a donation to the Marching “100.”

“We have nothing but love, respect and high admiration for the FAMU Marching “100” band,” said Commissioner Proctor. “FAMU nor our band should have to pay a $5,000 fine for our band playing five minutes longer than assigned at the Homecoming halftime show.”

To make a contribution through mobile giving to the Marching “100,” please text the word “BAND” to 50555 and make a $10 donation to the “100.” Contributions will also be collected at this Saturday’s game against Hampton University. Donations will be received at the entrance and during half-time. Checks can also be made payable to the FAMU Foundation with “Road to Washington and Beyond Fund” in the memo line and mailed to the FAMU Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 6562, Tallahassee, Fla. 32314. For more information, please contact Commissioner Proctor at (850) 606-5361 or (850) 606-5371.


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