After many years of service to the community, the community returned the favor by helping the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band manage and complete a large project for the band hall.
The Lehighton Band Hall, created over 100 years ago, was built in the 1950s and it has stood for over 50 years in service to the band and the community.
When Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012 a section of shingles near the peak of the Band Hall's roof were ripped off. Upon repair of the missing shingles, it became evident that the shingles on the entire roof were extremely brittle and wouldn't take much of a storm to potentially cause more damage.
Having minimal financial resources and limited knowledge as to how to approach a project of this scale, the Board sought help from the community.
Manny DaCosta, a friend of the Boys and Girls Band Hall, agreed to research and run the leg work on behalf of the Board.
DaCosta contacted many roofers and presented a multitude of quotes to the Board for review. The Board ultimately selected Rich's Roofing to perform the work on this project and Palmerton Lumber supplied the materials. Rich's Roofing donated much of the labor, helping keep the overall costs of that portion down. Palmerton Lumber provided the materials to the Boys and Girls Band at cost, also helping significantly to help manage the cost of the project.
DaCosta also worked toward saving labor costs for the clean up by seeking donated services. Concern Treatment for Boys agreed to use the project as a community services opportunity for their boys.
"The Band is proud to be able to provide this opportunity for a local organization who is also dedicated to helping youth," said Steven Fatzinger, board president. "We also are very thankful for the donation of time that their many boys offered on our behalf during this project."
A project like this generated a lot of waste materials that needed to be collected and disposed of.
"The Boys and Girls Band extends a sincere thank you to the Borough of Lehighton for donating the use of a trash dumpster for this purpose," added Fatzinger.
There were also fundraisers held by various groups over the past several months to help the Band defray some of the costs for the project. Donations were received from Zumba with Julie Stroup, Pocono Area Dance Association, Penn-Kidder Lions Club and the local band, Boomerang, plus many others in various amounts.
"We also want to extend an extra large thank you to Blue Ridge Pressure Casting Inc. for helping with the project," said Fatzinger. "We are extremely grateful to all the support that the local community has offered in helping us replace the roof of our Band Hall. Thanks to your support, we will be able to continue to provide musical opportunities for our youth and continued entertainment for the community for quite a few years to come.: