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Manta Ray Band gets $6.5K from Mariana Resort, Bridge Capital

SAIPAN Southern High School’s Manta Ray Band members continue to receive donations from the community for their trip to the London Olympics next week.

Allen Perez of  Bridge Capital LLC, fourth left, hands a check for $2,500 check to Saipan Southern High School principal Jesse Tudela and members of the Manta Ray Band at the Bridge Capital office in Garapan. Bridge Capital LLC. through its owners John Baldwin and Shawn Scott, donated $2,500 to the band, saying they are proud to once again sponsor “this exceptionally talented band.”

They encourage the students to enjoy this unique experience as they represent the CNMI in London.

Mariana Resort & Spa general manager Gloria C. Cavanagh, for her part, turned over a $4,000 donation to the band.

Last Tuesday, Manta Ray Band conductor William DeWitt received a $1,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Saipan and said they had narrowed down their budget shortfall to $15,000.

Last night, DeWitt said  he was overwhelmed by the continued support from the community.

Mariana Resort & Spa general manager Gloria C. Cavanagh hands a check for $4,000 to Saipan Southern High School principal Jesse Tudela. Looking on are members of the Manta Ray Band. Contributed photos“We are short of just about $3,000 now. We are very happy for the support we got at the last minute,” he said.

He is positive they will close this gap before the group of 46 band members and 11 chaperones leave for London on July 23 and 24.

A bowling tournament at the Saipan Bowling Center in Oleai is  set for Saturday and Sunday, and it will be the band’s final fundraising event.

The tournament starts at 9:30 a.m. and  entrance fee is $25 for three games.  To register,  call Manny at 888-9544 or Jesse at 483-9477.

“We are very thankful to the community for the donations,” DeWitt said. “Thank you to all of you for the tremendous support.”.

Those who want to donate  can call William DeWitt at 664-4000, 989-6987 or email