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South Shore Drill Team Hits Fundraising Goal, Will Perform at Inauguration

By Wendell Hutson | January 16, 2013 1:57pm 
 The South Shore Drill Team will participate as scheduled in the Jan. 21 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., thanks to $50,500 in donations.
The South Shore Drill Team will participate as scheduled in the Jan. 21 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., thanks to $50,500 in donations.
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South Shore Drill Team

GRAND CROSSING — Thanks to some hefty donations, including a $10,000 gift from two South Side businessmen, the South Shore Drill Team has reached its goal and now has the money to head to Washington, D.C., to perform in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday.

Since Dec. 26, the non-profit drill team has been conducting an aggressive fundraising drive to raise $45,000 to cover travel and lodging expenses to the parade.

Three weeks ago, it had only raised $1,000. As of Wednesday, the team has raised $50,500, which includes $10,000 donations from Walgreens and businessmen Timothy and Everett Rand, brothers who run Midway Airport Concessionaire.

Blues legend Buddy Guy got into the act, too, pitching in $4,000, according to Stella Natufe-Smith, events coordinator for the South Shore Drill Team.

 Businessman Everett Rand donated $10,000 to the South Shore Drill Team, which enabled the youth group to pay for travel and lodging to attend the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.
Businessman Everett Rand donated $10,000 to the South Shore Drill Team, which enabled the youth group to pay for travel and lodging to attend the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.
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Everett Rand