One person who is dedicating a significant portion of her life to the effort is Donna Batchelor, Vice-President of BD Performing Arts, the corporate structure for The Blue Devils.
As a board member for Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization dedicated to charitable home reconstruction, she spends much of her time living in Biloxi, Mississippi coordinating relief efforts and pounding in more than a few nails.
"Even one year later parts of Biloxi look like Katrina hit just yesterday.
The devastation is simply incredible", says Donna
is dedicated to the goal of rebuilding 1,000 homes in the Gulf Coast area as part of a project sponsored by Countrywide Financial.
Almost one year after Katrina much devastation remains in Biloxi
Donna has been a board member for BD Performing Arts for over two years and was recently elected its Vice President.
also has an impressive drum corps resume.
was the drum major of the Crossmen from 1974 to 1976 after marching with Keystone Regiment from 1970 - 1974 in the guard and subsequently becoming drum major.
Between The Blue Devils
and Rebuilding Together
Donna spends much of her
time these days supporting non-profit organizations.
is putting her
extensive professional expertise in commercial real estate to use in coordinating the rebuilding efforts.
spends much of her
time far from her
home in the Northern California Bay Area residing in a make-shift headquarters located in the FEMA offices in the Biloxi convention center on the coast.
Some parts of this experience are not unlike her
drum corps days.
Of this she
says, "The travel to and from the Biloxi area is long and somewhat tedious.
Through hard work, team effort and sacrifice toward a greater goal Donna
is bringing the the drum corps spirit to the Gulf Coast.