By Bryan Boggiano
Max and Caryn Schachter announced a $25,000 from the Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund Foundation to the Eagle Regiment, which will be used for various band-related initiatives.
The Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund presented the Eagle Regiment with the donation as they were practicing for the parade at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on October 10.
According to Max Schachter, Alex’s father and scholarship fund foundation founder, the scholarship’s fund contribution follows an annual recurrence of donations made over the past five years. While the funds will not go directly to parade initiatives, Max said they will help the band in several ways.
“We’re happy to do that to keep Alex’s memory alive,” Max said.
Alex played trombone as part of the Eagle Regiment. Max said after the MSD tragedy, where Alex was one of the 17 victims, he set up the foundation in honor of his son. Donations from around the country and the world immediately poured in.
Contributions to the memorial fund go to school safety and the Eagle Regiment, which Max said became a place where Alex made friends, developed a work ethic, and built self-esteem.
“The band was like a family to Alex, and it’s a family to us,” Max said.
Now, Alex’s sister, Avery, is in the marching band, and she plays the trombone in tribute to her brother. She will be with the band on Thanksgiving.
As the Eagle Regiment prepares to perform in New York, Max said he is excited for the world to see Parkland’s talent, and he knows Alex will be with them in spirit.
“We’re so excited for the world to see them perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” he said. “I know they’re going to make the Parkland community proud.”
- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master's. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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