Tyler Junior College

Sponsors sought for groups' spring trip

Published Tuesday, 27th November 2012

The Apache Band and Belles are preparing to spend Spring Break 2013 in Japan, where they will entertain U.S. troops stationed at Yokosuka Naval Base and Yokota Air Force Base.

In addition to the long hours of rehearsal that go into their performance, the groups are also hard at work raising money for the trip.

Ruth Flynn retired as director of the Apache Belles last year and has joined TJC’s advancement team in a part-time capacity as Apache Band and Apache Belles development officer.

Recently, Flynn and the TJC advancement team began a new project to help ease the financial burden for Apache Band and Belles members taking the Japan trip.

“Each student has committed to personally funding half of the trip cost as well as participating in fundraising efforts,” Flynn said, “but more help is needed.”

Cost of the trip is $3200 per person, and sponsorships are being sought to help defray the cost for Apache Band and Belles members.

“This is an ambitious trip,” she said. “It’s the generous support of TJC alumni and friends that allows the Apache Band and Apache Belles to continue their long tradition as goodwill ambassadors who take Tyler Junior College and Texas-friendly hospitality around the world.”

Flynn can be contacted by email at rfly@tjc.edu or by calling 903-510-3197.

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