Carroll HS Band Thanks 96 Year Old For Large Donation

By Megan Trent

August 7, 2010 Updated Aug 7, 2010 at 7:41 PM EDT

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Carroll High School marching band paraded down the streets of Huntertown today in brand new uniforms. And it's all thanks to 96-year-old retired farmer George Rogers.

Rogers recently donated $25,000 to help purchase new, custom-designed, black,white, and blue uniforms for the band.

"I had figured we would have to go through a whole process of fundraising, and maybe not be able to come up with it. To have one individual be able to come up with that kind of money and to offer that to us is just so incredible," says Band Director Dick Karkosky.

Students and community members are quick to point out that this isn't the first helping hand from Rogers. The retired farmer also sold the Northwest Allen County School District the land Carrol Middle School now sits on for less than 50% of it's appraised value.

This humble hero doesn't ask for thanks, but he does want one thing from the band in return. "Keep up the good work and keep up you interest in Carroll High School," he says.

The students say they are overwhelmed by Roger's generosity and will work hard to prove it through each of their performances this year.

Sean Meehan is a senior band member at Carroll High School. He says, "There's no way to put our appreciation into words. The only way we could ever express ourselves is by the hard work we put out on the practice field, the competition field. That's the only way we'll be able to show George what he really means to us."

That may be true, but being Grand Marshall of today's parade certainly put a smile on George Roger's face. As Meehan so cleverly describes it, the community has adopted the 96-year-old as their very own Mr. Roger's... and all feel blessed to be living in his neighborhood.

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