Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2007

Fundraising for fireworks needs a few sparks

June 14, 2007

If this year's July Fourth celebration in Baldwin City is going to top last year's "miracle," residents and businesses are going to have to step forward fast.

Last year's July Fourth fireworks display was canceled because the Friends of Baldwin City didn't have enough money or volunteers. That caused a community-wide stir and an outpouring of support to save the fireworks display. It turned out to be one of the best ever.

This year a new organization, Community Fireworks Display, was formed to handle the event. Committee member Sheri Caldwell says the fundraising efforts for fireworks for this year aren't going too well.

"This year we have experienced a definite reduction in the amount of donations from last year," said Caldwell. "I think last year everything was done so last minute that the public knew we did not have the time to do 'fundraising,' and gave of their time and money very freely to keep the fireworks display in town."

So far, the group has had the usual support, but not nearly enough, she said.

"This year, we have already received donations from a lot of the businesses and individuals that consistently help," said Caldwell. "However, some of them have been as much as a 75 percent reduction.

"I would like everyone to know how much we appreciate every dime we are given," she said. "We know in a small community, everybody is asked to do so much and there is only a certain amount to go around. So, we are still out there looking for funding and volunteers."

The fireworks display will again be at the ball fields near Baldwin High School. The group is planning many activities in addition to the fireworks, including a children's playground with five pieces of equipment instead of the usual three. There will also be concession available throughout the day.

The grand finale, of course, are the fireworks which will be at dusk.

"We thank all that have given and for those would like to contribute or volunteer, please call me at 594-2221," said Caldwell.

Checks can also be dropped off or sent to Baldwin State Bank, P.O. Box 46, Baldwin, KS, 66006, or Reece and Nichols Premier Realty, P.O. Box 935, Baldwin, KS, 66006. For additional information or to make contributions people can also call Michelle Rhoades at 594-3983.

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