The Bud Leabo Memorial Fund was developed to honor one of the great early leaders of the Evergreen District. Bud's accomplishments and contributions to the District were many, and can be best explained by a paragraph taken from Evergreen Gold: A Fifty Year History of the Evergreen District, by Ray Greaves and Ed Hartley:
"(1981) started with bad news. J.H. "Bud" Leabo, Mr. Evergreen, passed away on January 7. Bud had been around since the earliest days ofthe district, singing in a quartet (Hills Creek Four) and helping organize the Eugene Chapter. For 34 years he had been a barbershopper of importance as director, judge, arranger, educator, coach, and district administration, dispending advice and judgement of sterling worth, patinaed with a golden humor that all could enjoy. It was particularly during the early years of the district that Bud's worth was most vauable, There would have been a district without him, surely, but it would not have seen the level of organization, quality and pupose as quickly if he had not been so intensely involved from the start. All of us, those who know him and those who followed after, are deeply in hs debt."
The Bud Leabo Fund was started soon after his death, and your contributions provide scholarships and financial support to barbershoppers and youth for music education schools, youth music camps, judges training, and director development schools. In addition, the scope of the fund includes providing financial support for coaching at the chapter level, the purchase of books and other instructional material, and the underwriting of music related schools and guest instructors.