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NEC Donates To Brien McMahon Marching Senators

posted Nov 6, 2014, 4:54 PM by Ray A. Cooke
NORWALK -- After a power outage canceled "the biggest fundraiser of the year" for the Brien McMahon Marching Senators program in September, the program has recovered with an outpouring of contributions from the public.

On Sept. 20, Brien McMahon High School was in the midst of holding its 25th annual Celebration of Sound band competition at Jack Casagrande Field when a power outage halted the show.

The outage temporarily affected more than 400 homes and caused school officials to cancel the band competition, which featured 11 high school marching bands from Conn., N.Y. and N.J.

The cancelation of the show resulted in unsold goods and families demanding refunds, which left Brien McMahon's band program in the red.

Thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations, along with help from a couple of local dignitaries, the band program bounced back from that September night, according to Ron Secchi, director of McMahon's Marching Senators band.

"Its been extremely appreciated, humbling that people have come out of their way to help the Brien McMahon Marching Band program," said Secchi.

Secchi did not give specifics on the amount received thus far, but said the contributions have helped the program recover from funds lost during the event.

Secchi credited state Sen. Bob Duff and state Rep. Bruce Morris for being instrumental in helping the program recover.

Among the contributions received was a $1,000 check from the Norwalk Exchange Club.

Mitch Gross, a spokesman for Connecticut Lights & Power confirmed Wednesday that it also made a "goodwill contribution" to the Brien McMahon Marching Senators for an unspecified amount.