Fundraiser to replace band's stolen equipment

By Erica Quednau |

Published 02/21 2014 06:05PM

Updated 02/21 2014 06:28PM

URBANA -- People in Central Illinois are coming to a band's rescue after some of their stuff was stolen. They've raised more than $3,000 for Candy Foster and Shades of Blue.

Last week their van was stolen. Inside was drums, microphones, cords; everything they use to play music. All together it's worth about $5,000. Now the community is pitching in to help.

They sang to us, made us dance and kept us entertained.

"That's what I love to do and as long as I can make 'em grin and smile and dance, then I'm doing alright. You know, as much as they've enjoyed me, I definitely enjoyed them," said Gerald "Candy" Foster, band director.

That is why, when the community heard his band, Candy Foster and Shades of Blue had something bad happen to them, they had to help.

"I started the fundraiser on and linked that up with the Facebook page," said JD Lamb, the band's keyboardist.

In less then 72 hours, they met their goal of $3,000.

"I never dreamed that I was going to get that," said Foster.

"I definitely think that's a testament to how great this community is and how much of a legend Candy Foster is around here," said Lamb.

Insurance will cover cost of the van but the most valuable thing in there can never be replaced. It was a chart book with more than 25 years of sheet music in it.

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