Greater Nevada Credit Union presents University’s marching band with annual check

The Pride of the Sierra receives annual $45,000 as part of Greater Nevada’s ’It’s Time to Support the Band’ fundraising campaign

Greater Nevada Credit Union presents University’s marching band with annual check

The Pride of the Sierra receives annual $45,000 as part of Greater Nevada’s ’It’s Time to Support the Band’ fundraising campaign

It was a win-win the night of Feb. 23, as Greater Nevada Credit Union presented the University of Nevada, Reno's Pride of the Sierra marching band an annual check of $45,000 during the men's basketball 85-77 win against Boise State University. University of Nevada, Reno President, Marc Johnson and Will Plenk, director of Athletic Bands, accepted the check on behalf of the University.

Greater Nevada Credit Union's fundraising campaign, "It's Time to Support the Band," began in 2012, and the credit union continues to support the band by pledging a $20,000 sponsorship and a dollar-for-dollar matching gift up to $25,000. Greater Nevada challenges the community to raise funds for the band, as fundraising efforts will continue to June 30 to reach the $25,000 goal.

"Many key elements of our program continue to be supported by our partnership with GNCU, including student scholarships, travel, instrument replacements and upgrades, and teaching staff," Plenk said. "All of these are essential to the success of the program."

The Pride of the Sierra has been the University's sound of school spirit since 1981. During the past 36 years, about 4,000 students from all university disciplines have played in the band. Since the partnership began with Greater Nevada, the band has seen an immense amount of growth, resulting in 190 members in the program - the most the band has seen at the University.

To learn more about supporting the Pride of the Sierra, a major ensemble of the Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts, contact Stuart Golder, director of development for Liberal Arts, via his email; or Greater Nevada Credit Union, 775-882-2060, or donate online at the University's Giving to Nevada website.

Greater Nevada Credit Union is a not-for-profit, full service financial institution headquartered in Carson City that has been helping Nevadans with their financial needs since 1949. Greater Nevada serves more than 54,000 consumers and small businesses, has $670 million in assets and has been consistently recognized as both Best Financial Institution in many of its service areas and as a top employer by the Reno/Tahoe Best Places to Work awards. For more information, visit the Greater Nevada website.

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