Fauquier High School's Falcon Marching Band will hold a fundraiser Saturday for residents affected by tornadoes that swept through Fauquier County on Sept. 17.
The band is asking the public to attend its rehearsal and make a tax-deductible donation. All the money will go to local victims through the Warrenton chapter of the Red Cross.
Remnants of Hurricane Ivan spawned several tornadoes in Fauquier, including one that was 200 to 450 yards wide, measured F3 on the zero-to-five Fujita scale- -- meaning wind speeds were 158 to 206 mph -- and traveled at least 20 miles through the county. Seven homes were destroyed in Remington, and more than a dozen were severely damaged.
The fundraiser will be held on the band's practice field in the school's Falcon Field Stadium, 705 Waterloo Rd., Warrenton. There is shade, space for children to play and plenty of room for picnics.
Donations will be accepted starting at 8 a.m., and the band will begin rehearsing about 4:30 p.m. Businesses are being asked to make their own donation, make a matching donation based on the largest single gift at Saturday's event, make a matching donation based on all donations, or provide lunch or dinner for the band members.
Anyone interested in helping can call 540-428-2155 or 540-347-6100, Ext. 2155.
"We realize that many citizens have already made donations to the various groups collecting," said Andrew Paul, the band's director. "But we're hoping that there are those who are still looking for a way to help and will participate. Of course, there's no reason someone can't contribute again."
In Loudoun County, the fire marshal's office confirmed that lightning started a two-alarm fire that caused about $250,000 in damage to a hangar at Leesburg Executive Airport the night of the storms.
The fire destroyed an airplane inside the privately owned "condominium hangar," damaged another aircraft and caused extensive damage to the hangar itself.
-- LESLIE SHEPHERD