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Walmart donates truck for NCCU band's trip to Rose Bowl

Posted December 14, 2010

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— North Carolina Central University's marching band loaded instruments, equipment, luggage and uniforms into a truck headed to Pasadena, California Tuesday for the Rose Parade on New Year's Day.

The transportation services division of Walmart is sending the 18-wheeler across eight states and back in the largest donation received in support of the Tournament of Roses campaign, according to a news release from NCCU. The donation is valued at about $100,000.

The band, called The Marching Sound Machine, is one of 16 bands selected to perform at the 2011 Rose Parade Jan. 1.

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  • down by the pond Dec 16, 2010

    very nice....

  • djofraleigh Dec 16, 2010

    Why do people HATE wal-mart so much? There are website making fun of its customers. Talk about class warfare, this is just plain old better-than-thou-ism.

  • djofraleigh Dec 16, 2010

    Yes, eight. Assuming they take I-40 most of the way, it's North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California.""

    The drive is five or six days for me, if I didn't go up into Nevada or Utah, which I do, and would do again. The sign in Wilmington says something like 2500 miles to Barstow, California.

    I flew back one time in 3 hrs and some mintues with a tailwind, a record for that pilot. Seems like it takes 5 hours to get out there. I don't like the LA landing much. I avoid going via Dallas, where I endured an aborted take off.

  • djofraleigh Dec 16, 2010

    Wal-Mart actually did something for someone else? "

    Why would they do that? Why would they have a program to buy agricultural product locally, but they do! Why would Wal-mart be building green and using solar energy, at a cost, but they do!

  • djofraleigh Dec 16, 2010

    How much of an honor is it when college and high school bands are invited to parades and events far away but expected to pay their own way? The length of time on TV is a few seconds. Is it really worth it or should the bands raise the money and use it for the band here?

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Dec 16, 2010

    MillerB - your ignorance only precedes your thinking. Wal-Mart is the world's largest private employer; in fact, it is the largest company in the world. They employ 1.6 million people - most of whom speak English. Wal-Mart sells more food than any other grocery chain in the world. This year, there will be more than 7.2 billion purchases at a Wal-Mart - the equivalent of every person alive on the earth. They make a profit of $20K every minute of the day. And they've done in this in only 15 years

    Our government could learn something from Wal-Mart. The USPS has been around since 1775 and they are broke. Social security was established in 1935, and they're broke; Fannie Mae was established in 1938 - they're broke too. The War on Poverty started in 1964 and every year they've stolen $1 trillion and transferred it to the poor - and they want more. The Dept of Energy was created in 1977, yet we import more oil than ever. Wal-Mart succeeds, our govt fails.

  • MillerB Dec 16, 2010

    Wow...Wal-Mart actually did something for someone else? I'm betting the surviving Walton family that currently runs the company didn't know about this.

  • white0333 Dec 16, 2010

    i own a truck.i would have done it for 12 thousand dollars easy.

  • deborahkirklandhunter Dec 15, 2010

    Kudos to Walmart!!!! one of my favorite places!!!!

  • obs Dec 15, 2010

    $100,000 tax writeoff for a trip? Do they get to keep the truck?

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