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J & J Rubbish Donation

J & J Rubbish Donates to WSHS Marching Band Uniform Fundraiser


photo: John Patzner of J&J Rubbish presents a check for $10,000 to Myron Haug, WSHS band teacher and marching band director. In attendance are (left to right) Karla Serva Patzner, Tim Gleason, WSHS band teacher and marching band director, Myron Haug, John Patzner, Kathy Serva, Jim Serva, Darcy Serva and Brad Palubicki.

Terri Sim, as WSHS Band Booster President, has been busy working with a committee earnest about raising funds for new marching band uniform pants and color guard uniforms. With a goal of $20,000 they have worked to build awareness of the need and the opportunity to donate, and have worked spaghetti dinners and more to reach their project goal.

On Christmas Day an article appeared about their effort in the Winona Post. Shortly after, Terri received a call from Kathy Serva at J & J Rubbish. As a J & J customer, Sim thought perhaps they would be receiving additional services or something when she took the call. She started to cry when Serva told her the reason for her call.
In 2013, J & J Rubbish celebrated 45 years of serving the community. They have always been very honored to serve Winona area residents and appreciates their business. J & J Rubbish wanted to find some way to give back. When Kathy read the article about the need for new uniform pieces, it resonated with her. "These students are the heart and soul of our community" as they march in area community parades; and make us proud as they march down the streets of Winona and Goodview during our annual celebrations. Kathy, representing J & J Rubbish, informed Sim that the company would be donating $10,000 to the Band Boosters marching band uniform campaign.

Kathy Walsh Serva is a WSHS alum as are daughters Karla Serva Patzner, and Darcy Serva. Karla participated in marching band and felt bad to think that the band members were still wearing uniform pieces that she wore in the early 1990’s as a student. Grandchildren in the family are now in WMS band and looking forward to participating at the high school level.

Members and employees of the Serva family and J & J Rubbish presented a check to Myron Haug, Director of the WSHS Winhawk Marching Band on January 21 as members of the band and teacher Tim Gleason and Principal Kelly Halvorsen looked on.

"This is a great day", Haug mentioned. Sim added, "We are grateful to J&J Rubbish for their generous contribution that moved us down the final stretch to realizing our goal. We want to thank all the donors who have made this campaign a success and we look forward to recognizing all of them at the WSHS Pork & Pops Concert on Sunday, February 9 at Winona Senior High School."

The WSHS Band Boosters are eager to move forward with an order for new uniform pants in time for the summer marching season; and set their fund raising sites on the next areas of need for the band program.

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