White Knights Campaign
Brotherhood. Fidelity. Perfection.
Fifteen blue-clad military men and women march to the center of the room. At the bark of their leader, the group begins to slowly move from formation to formation with stark synchronization. Only taps of the guns, the marching of their feet, and short cheers of delight interrupt their quiet, 15-minute performance. Their synchronization comes from long hours of practice. The physical training is to prepare the students for spinning and throwing around a nine-pound World War I model M1903 rifle. The team practices two hours a day, four days a week, and some mornings in preparing for about 15 performances a year.
They are the White Knights Precision Drill Team of Marion Military Institute, a team established in 1950 to promote precision drill, discipline, and to develop a union of brotherhood and trust among its members. Members say that the strenuous training is well worth it as it brings them together and results in fraternity-like friendships. The White Knights are known as one of the premier drill units in the nation. Their history is rich, their future is bright, and their camaraderie is forever.
The role of the White Knights is multi-faceted, engaging each member with solidarity, brotherhood, discipline, broadening self-esteem, lasting friendships and building an immeasurable foundation for future success. However, there is another role which affects many—the White Knights are the face, promotional body, and recruitment tool of Marion Military Institute.
Your much-needed funds will underwrite these important roles and allow for the White Knights to continue making history while providing hope for the future. Your kind donation will be used for lodging, food, travel, expenses, equipment, uniforms and general program use.
WHITE KNIGHT MEMBERSHIP LEVELS
|Cadence||$1,000||Commemorative coin, desk clock|
|Shield||$2,500||Commemorative coin, desk clock, your name permanently etched on a shield at MMI, and a specially encased White Knight helmet|
|Commander||$10,000||Commemorative coin, desk clock, your name permanently etched on a shield at MMI, a specially encased White Knight helmet and a White Knight rifle for prominent wall display|
|Scholarship||$10,001+||All of the above plus a scholarship in your name to benefit a future MMI student|
To donate to the White Knights campaign, contact Suzanne McKee, MMI Director of Development (334-683-2347, email@example.com) or use our online donation form. Choose “White Knights” under Gift Direction/School Organizations.