Greater Nevada Credit Union presents annual donation to the Pride of the Sierra Marching Band

The band accepted a gift of $41,350 to help support and expand the program; a total of more than $300,000 raised since beginning of partnership

From left to right, Dean Altus, GNCU chief operating officer and executive vice president; Wally Murray, GNCU chief executive officer and president; Corey Pompey, director of athletic bands; Steve Eubanks, assistant director of bands; and University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson. This check presentation took place at half time of the Nevada men's basketball game vs. Fresno State Saturday, Feb. 23.

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2/26/2019 | By: Grace Pickard |

Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU) presented the University of Nevada, Reno’s Pride of the Sierra Marching Band with a $41,350 check at the Feb. 23 Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball game against Fresno State.

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Marc Johnson, University of Nevada, Reno president and Corey Pompey, director of athletic bands, accepted the check on behalf of the University and the band from Greater Nevada Credit Union’s executive management team, Wally Murray, chief executive officer and president, and Dean Altus, chief operating officer and executive vice president.

This $41,350 check combines an initial $20,000 sponsorship and $21,350 in matching gifts and funds raised through Greater Nevada Credit Union branches and Wolf Pack home game booths, which will be allocated towards scholarships for band members.

“Greater Nevada Credit Union places a big emphasis on helping to improve the community,” Corey Pompey, director of athletic bands, said. “We are grateful to them for including us in those efforts. Running a sizable band program such as this requires a large investment of resources. Their assistance helps us to continue our mission of supporting the University in its various endeavors while ensuring that the students have a positive experience.”

Since the partnership began in 2012, more than $300,000 has been raised to provide uniforms, instruments, travel and scholarships from the “It’s Time to Support the Band” dollar-for-dollar partnership between Greater Nevada Credit Union and the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Marching Band.

The University of Nevada, Reno has seen its marching band grow in numbers, support and pride. Greater Nevada Credit Union continually supports the band, which is comprised of 172 members who study 40 different majors, in many ways throughout the year. During the first week of band practices of this past summer, Greater Nevada Credit Union surprised each student member of the band with a drawstring bag and water canister.

“GNCU has been so wonderful to us, so we try to support them in various community initiatives when we can,” Pompey said.

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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. GNCU serves more than 68,000 consumers and small businesses, has $968 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. GNCU is open to everyone living or working in Nevada.

To learn more about supporting the Pride of the Sierra Marching Band, a major ensemble of the Department of Music in the University's College of Liberal Arts, contact Crystal Parrish, director, corporate and foundation relations, 775-682-6023.

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