Colts Receive Grant From Dubuque Racing Association

December 22, 2017

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When the Dubuque Racing Association announced their grant awards to local nonprofit organizations this year, the Colts Youth Organization was pleased to learn it received $15,000 for the purchase of a newer 15-passenger van to support the Colts summer tour. This was the 21st consecutive year that the Colts received a grant from the DRA. The Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) is the nonprofit license holder for Q Casino and Diamond Jo Casino. Grants have been offered to area nonprofit organizations through a competitive submission process since 1985.

Last year, a grant for a new box trailer transformed the way the Colt Cadets parents and volunteers were able to prepare, cook, and serve the drum corps throughout the summer. In total, the Colt Cadets volunteers prepare an average of 400 meals per day during their 45-day tour. During the winter, the trailer is used by the Colts to transport food and cooking supplies to winter audition camps.

In the past few years, the Colts received grants from the DRA that assisted with the purchase of a custom tent for our souvenir marketplace, percussion equipment for the Colts Cadets, and new uniforms for both corps in their 50th anniversary season in 2013.

Since 1987, the Colts have received grants from the DRA totaling over $375,000 for new instruments, uniforms, vehicles and trailers, computers, and building improvements.

Thank you to the DRA for continuing to support the vision of the Colts Youth Organization and our mission to "use music & excellence to teach other about success in life."

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