2015 summer travel proved very interesting for The Raleigh Ringers…
In a nutshell, the group found itself without adequate transportation an hour before leaving on a 10-day Midwest tour, despite having reserved a vehicle two months prior. After a bit of scrambling, we were finally able to scrounge up a second rental van in the nick of time.
But we also vowed to do all in our power to prevent this same scenario from happening in the future.
This is what we found out: Ford no longer makes the 15-passenger E350 vans that we had been able to rent for more than a decade, and none would be available for rent in the future. In addition, their "new and improved" style did not suit our ringer and/or equipment transport purposes.
It was time to bite the bullet and buy one of the few remaining extended-sized vans in North Carolina. After much negotiation, The Raleigh Ringers now owns a 2014 certified pre-owned Ford 15-passenger van.
So, while we no longer have to worry about searching high and low for a rental van, we DO need to pay for this new vehicle—and we could use your help!
The Raleigh Ringers sincerely thanks those who have chosen to participate in current fundraising campaigns designed to retire this debt:
50/50 Raffle (held at the Capital Area Handbell Festival on 11/7/15)
Panera Night (held on 11/3/15)
Peanut Roaster Sales
Handbell Foam Pad Cover Sales
Van Campaign Donors
Richard & Elaine Mueller
James & Cristieann Sifling
Ernst & Elizabeth Werner