Ashley Farms Partners with USBands to Raise Funds to Support Music

Special fundraising benefits available to USBands groups

Ashley Farms Inc., a professional fundraising company of Pompton Plains, NJ, has joined with USBands, a program of Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), to create a new partnership that will help booster groups raise funds for much-needed items and activities including instruments, uniforms, band trips and more.
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Ashley Farms has been helping music groups across the country achieve their financial goals for the past 29 years. The company has an additional bond with YEA!, as co-owner Jim Messina is a Cadets alumnus and former drum major. USBands has been serving scholastic music programs since 1988 by providing events to showcase the talents of hundreds of thousands of young people nationwide.

As a special introductory offer, all USBands groups that are new to Ashley Farms will receive an additional 5 percent profit for their first sale with Ashley Farms when they mention the offer code “YEA-AF”.

“I know the high school music activity well. It’s in my DNA. As a result, the groups I work with go above and beyond their expectations of money raised,” AF Co-Owner Jim Messina said. “For instance, the Bergenfield High School Music Department raised $80,000 for a recent trip to Disney World, and the New Providence High School Music Department raised $55,711 for the same reason. The band and choir departments at Morris Knolls High School raised $33,282, and the list goes on and on,” he said.

George Hopkins, CEO of YEA!, matched Jim’s enthusiasm for the new partnership, saying, “Ashley Farms marks the first partnership YEA! has created with a professional fundraising company. Having the relationship with Jim is a great way for us to kick things off, and the offer of an additional 5 percent profit for first-time customers is a win-win for everyone. As a non-profit organization, we realize how important funding is, and we look forward to more new and innovative projects coming from this partnership in the future.”

Ashley Farms will be the exclusive fundraising partner of YEA! and USBands throughout the 25th Anniversary USBands season in 2013 and will be acknowledged as an associate sponsor at each event in this very special year.

For more information on Ashley Farms and to take advantage of the special introductory USBands offer, visit www.ashleyfarmsinc.com or e-mail jim@ashleyfarmsinc.com. For more information on USBands and YEA!, please visit www.usbands.org and www.yea.org.

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