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Scrip is Fundraising While You Shop(TM)

What Is Scrip?
Scrip is a term that means “substitute money”. When you purchase scrip, you’re purchasing negotiable gift certificates and prepaid cards that are used just like cash. You can use scrip to purchase everyday expenses like food, clothing, and other essentials, and with every purchase, you earn revenue for the band. Scrip is available as one-time-use gift cards, reloadable gift cards, and instant e-certificates.

How scrip generates revenue
The Great Lakes Scrip Center acts on behalf of non-profit organizations like the Middlesex Concert Band to purchase large amounts of scrip from grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers. Because the scrip is purchased with cash up front, the participating retailers offer a substantial discount. Once a month, the band collects orders from members at face-value and buys the scrip from Great Lakes Scrip Center at a discount. The discount – from two to fifteen percent or more – is the band’s revenue.

Scrip is "shopping cart fundraising”
Scrip is a popular fundraiser because members don’t have to sell anything. Band members produce revenue by making regular household purchases they would make anyway. Groceries, clothing, toys, gifts, gasoline, even plane tickets and hotel stays can be purchased with scrip.

Now You Can Help, Too
Through, the online shopping site for Great Lakes Scrip Center, you can add your buying power to our members’ to earn even more for the band. In recent years, scrip proceeds have enabled us to purchase a new set of timpani and a full set of chimes. With your help, we can make other needed purchases. See the step-by-step instructions on the back to put your shopping dollars to work for the Middlesex Concert Band!

Support the Band in
4 Easy Steps...

1. Create an account.
Go to and click the Family SignUp! link to create your account. (Ignore the optional student/teacher fields.) When prompted, enter the band's Organization Code:

2. Set up a payment method.
PrestoPay allows you to link a checking account to your ShopWithScrip account so your order can be automatically drafted from your checking account. Click the PrestoPay link on the ShopWithScrip site to sign up.

Alternatively, you may pay by check made out to "Middlesex Concert Band" and mailed to:
PO Box 128, Wakefield, MA 01880

3. Order your scrip.
Once your account is set up, go to to place your first order. Keep these ordering tips in mind:

  • Check on the Dashboard for a schedule of order dates. Cards are distributed the following week.
  • If paying by check, be sure to mail it in time to arrive by the order date (or have a band member handdeliver it for you, if convenient).
  • When using PrestoPay, your e-certificates and reload orders are available immediately. There is no need to wait for the monthly order to be processed.
  • There are 100s of scrip options available; browse by category to find what you want.
  • Create your Favorites or use ExpressAdd to make the ordering process quick & simple.

4. Collect your cards.
Cards are distributed at rehearsal on Thursday evening the week following each order date.

  • If you know a band member, you can arrange to have that person deliver your order to you.
  • You can stop by our rehearsal to pick up your cards. (We rehearse at the First Baptist Church, 8 Lafayette St., Wakefield.)

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