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Greater Nevada Credit Union presents marching band with $35,000 gift

The Wolf Pack Marching Band, Pride of the Sierra, accepts donation at halftime of men’s basketball game Wednesday; money helps support and expand program needs  

RENO, Nev. – Greater Nevada Credit Union members, University of Nevada, Reno alumni and other donors rallied over the last few months to raise money during “It’s Time to Support the Band,” a fundraising campaign to benefit the University’s Marching Band, known as the “Pride of the Sierra.” With end-of -year donations, donations met the $15,000 matching gift challenge. 

During the men’s basketball game this Wednesday between the Nevada Wolf Pack and Colorado State Rams, representatives from Greater Nevada Credit Union will present a check to the University and the marching band for $35,000, which includes the matching $15,000 amount and an initial gift of $20,000. The company has pledged to match up to $45,000 in donations through the fundraising campaign which continues for the next two years.  

In addition, Greater Nevada Credit Union held a branch contest in January selling $1 Wolf Pack Marching Band drum cards for a matching donation. With the branch contest, in-branch donations, contributions made at Wolf Pack games and other fundraising events, the credit union has raised an additional $5,200. All money raised helps to hire additional instructional staff, fund band scholarships, provide new uniforms and cover travel expenses so the band can continue to entertain northern Nevada families and help support Wolf Pack Athletics. 

WHAT: Greater Nevada Credit Union check presentation to Wolf Pack Marching Band during halftime of Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball game against Colorado State. 

WHEN: Tip-off is 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6. The halftime ceremony will begin at approximately 8 p.m. 

WHERE: Lawlor Events Center. The game is also televised on the CBS Sports Network. 

WHO: University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson; Greater Nevada Credit Union representatives Chief Executive Officer Wally Murray, Chief Operating Officer Dean Altus, Chief Financial Officer Joyce Whitney-Silva, Community Relations Coordinator Giovanis Montero; University Director of Athletic Bands Will Plenk; and the members of the University’s pep bad, the Howlers, who will play the Nevada Fight Song and other songs after the short ceremony. 

PARKING: Media parking is available on15thStreet, just south of Lawlor Events Center. 

MORE INFORMATION: Greater Nevada Credit Union is a financial cooperative serving Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Northern Nevada communities since 1949 with complete financial services. Greater Nevada Credit Union has more than 46,000 members and $440 million in assets. For more information, visit

To learn more about supporting the Wolf Pack Marching Band, a major ensemble of the Department of Music in the University’s College of Liberal Arts, contact Lynda Buhlig, executive director of development at the University, 775-682-6013; or Greater Nevada Credit Union, 775-882-2060, or  

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