RALEIGH, N.C. — Players and owners are not the only ones losing money in the NHL lockout. Two hundred local non-profit groups are also losing big money. The lockout is hitting a sour note for one local high school band.
The Cary High School Imps stepped it up in the Raleigh Christmas Parade. They also traveled to Europe, played on a cruise, and just returned from Nashville. They paid for many of those trips by working concession stands at Carolina Hurricanes games.
The Hurricanes allow some local nonprofit groups to take 10 percent of concessions they sell. If the NHL season is lost, that is a 15 percent loss out of the band's annual budget.
"It's going to put limitations on us," said Mike Ostrom, president of the band booster club. "We've had other budget shortfalls over the years, not nearly as big as this one, of course, but we've just had to take it in stride and adjust and try to come up with other ways of doing business."
Cary High School's next fund-raising effort is Band Day, scheduled for Oct. 30 at the school.