Conservatives Give Over $640k To Talladega College Marching Tornadoes For Trump Inauguration

Conservatives, trump supporters and Talladega College supporters have raised the money needed to send the band to the Trump Inauguration.

Generous donations began to pour in after Talladega College President Billy Hawkins appeared on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” At the time, Hawkins explained that the college’s leaders had begun receiving threats and attacks over their decision to participate in Trump’s inaugural parade.

Now, the president’s concern for the band’s travel expenses has led to a fundraising blow-out.

Though members of the Talladega College Great Tornado Band first set out to raise $75,000, they have now managed to collect over $625,000 through the group’s GoFundMe account.

In a press conference on Friday, Hawkins said that the response amounted to “probably the single greatest fundraising effort” in Talladega’s 150-year history.

GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover the expenses for the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes yo attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump

The account, set up by Band Director Miguel Bonds, is seeking to raise $75,000 to cover the 200-member band’s trip to Washington, D.C. to march in the Jan. 20 inaugural parade. As of Thursday Morning, approximately 46,648 had been donated.

According to Bonds, the money will be used for transportation, travel, lodging and other expenses. The money is needed by Jan. 15, the petition notes.

Donations will help fund the trip and “give students an opportunity to have a memorable experience to see firsthand a transition of power and other events,” Bonds said. “We will be thankful if you are able to contribute to the organization.” Originally sited

You can make a donation here.

Talladega College President Dr. Billy Hawkins later announced his decision that the band would attend the inauguration.

“The lessons students can learn from this experience cannot be taught in a classroom,” Hawkins said. “We respect and appreciate how our students and alumni feel about our participation in this parade. As many of those who chose to participate in the parade have said, we feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power.”

More than 40 organizations representing 8,000 participants are expected to take part in the inaugural parade for Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.


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