The Second Annual Butler Mission Week (BMW) celebrated the weeklong event with a free community Block Party on Friday, July 19th. The Block Party was held on the lawn of Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.
Over 227 volunteers worked in multiple shifts each day throughout the week, following the biblical command “Love Thy Neighbor” . They did so by participating in community service projects and intentional acts of kindness. According to program director, Andrea Van Auken, the goal was simple, to “Take care of the town we live in.”
The volunteers participated in a variety of events throughout the week and impacted over 90,000 people in Butler County. The week also served as a mission week for the middle school and high school kids who stayed at the church all week.
BMW was conceived of by the Co-Pastors of Hope Covenant Church. The church’s vision is to “Be Known, Belong, Be Love. We believe it is important for people to be known by God through intentional discipleship, to belong to a community through authentic relationships, and to be love through serving others.
Six Drum and Bugle Corps teams from across the country performed before a crowd of fans and judges in the seasonal contest held annually, known as Drums Across Kansas. Drums Across Kansas presents the Drum Corp International Tour (DCI) each year, and this is the fourth year for it to be held in El Dorado at BG Veterans Stadium.
Percussion, color guard, and marching, as well as the general effect of design and musicality are scored by the judges, according to Anthony DiCarlo, DCI tour manager. The world championship will be in Indianapolis, in August. Santa Clara Vanguard is the current reigning champion.
The other teams are the Mandarins from Sacramento, California; the Crossmen from San Antonia, Texas; the Blue Knights from Denver, Colorado; The Cadets from Allentown, Pennsylvania; the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, California; and the Blue Devils from Concord, California.
Blue Devils took first place with a score of 88.400, Santa Clara Vanguard was a close second with 88.350 points, and Blue Knights rounded out the top three with 83.300 points.
Drum Corp International was formed in 1971 to organize and unify leadership for youth-focused competitive drum corps events throughout North America.