Dewey’s Moravian baked goods have been a traditional part of North Carolina holidays since 1930 when Dewey G. Wilkerson first opened his bakery in Winston-Salem and now they are as close as Diane’s Books and More on Main Street in downtown Elkin thanks to a fundraiser for the Starmount High School Marching Band.
According to Christi Pate, treasurer for the band, people from Dewey’s Bakery came to Elkin to set up the Dewey’s Holiday Store, where the band will earn part of the proceeds from each sale made, providing the racks and an iPad to help track sales as well as the products. The best sellers have been the coffee cakes, but the sugar cake is also a favorite.
Money earned from the Holiday Store will go toward paying for the band uniforms, upkeep of instruments, new music and travel expenses. Pate said during the 2015-16 school year Starmount Band Boosters paid nearly $10,000 for such items and she hopes that this will be a significant source of income for the next school year.
“People don’t realize how expensive marching band is; upkeep of uniforms and instruments, putting a show on the field, props. (The money) comes from the Band Boosters,” explained Pate.
Band members and their parents will help with the Holiday Store. Students will receive volunteer hours for such clubs as the National Honor Society and National Beta Club, which promotes achievement, character, leadership and service in high school students. Pate also hopes students will bring their instruments to perform during the holiday shopping season.
Starmount Band will hold its next performance on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Starmount Middle School cafeteria.
To find out more about the history of Dewey’s and the fundraising opportunities available, go to www.deweys.com.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.