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Phoenix band didn't win Pepsi grant

Whatever happened with the campaign with Pepsi to provide funding for new uniforms for the Phoenix High School band? It was very difficult to vote for them on the Pepsi website, but last I heard they were in seventh position. Did they make it?

— Sally B., Phoenix

Cue the violins. The Phoenix High School competitive marching band unfortunately didn't win the Pepsi grant in May.

The band was in the running for a $25,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project, which funds community projects ranging from building food pantries to helping homeless animals.

The band wanted to use the money to replace its uniforms, which are at least 30 years old.

Grant winners are decided by website visitors who can cast up to five votes per day. The top 15 finalists are each awarded $25,000 grants, said Pepsi spokeswoman Andrea Canabal.

In mid-May, the Phoenix band was ranked near the top 10 in the competition, but it was surpassed by other projects by the end of the month.

Pepsi doesn't disclose the number of votes or final ranking the competitors receive, so there's no way to know how close the band came to winning the money. May's winners included an Illinois school that sought new bleachers, a New York dance troupe that wanted to create programs for teens and a Wisconsin nonprofit that wanted to build a flight cage for orphaned birds.

New grants, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, will be awarded each month through December. Southern Oregon schools and community groups can still apply to participate in the grant challenge by visiting refresheverything.com.

Maybe they'll have more luck than the Phoenix band. Next time we want to be able to cue the victory march.

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