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Apr 13, 2010

Greenville fireworks display gets sponsor

LOCATION: Greenville, USA
DATE: Monday, April 12, 2010
BY: The Daily Reflector
DETAILS: A local car dealer has made sure the brakes will not be put on the annual fireworks display at the Town Common this year.

Hastings Ford contacted the Greenville Jaycees at the beginning of April to offer $6,000 to pay for the show, Jaycees President Jon Pierce said.

"We can't have Greenville without fireworks," Herbert Powell, general manager of Hastings Ford, said last week.

The Jaycees received the sponsorship offer with enough time to contract for a display with Zambelli Fireworks, as they have in previous years. It's not the first time the dealership has sponsored the event, though Hastings was unable to donate last year.

"Business has been extremely tough," Powell said. "We've come out of things without any bailout money. ... Sales were up last month, and we want to give back to the community."

Pierce said his organization was relieved at the news, and the Jaycees are preparing for the Fourth of July by contacting vendors and applying for permits.

"We can now focus on getting everything rolling," Pierce said.

The Jaycees still will have to provide the entertainment, portable toilets and other event features.

Greenville Recreation and Parks estimates that the fireworks display attracts about 20,000 people. The annual celebration began about 30 years ago.

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Apr 12, 2010

They're 4th coming!

DATE: Apr 10th
DETAILS: PORTLAND — The patriotic extravaganza that is Portland's Fourth of July fireworks display, in danger of being silenced by the economic downturn, has been rescued by a group of local businessmen.

When Jon Jennings learned that the $45,000 display was being cut from the city's budget for the coming year, he started working the phones.

"I think it's safe to say all of us who are involved believe the Fourth, the fireworks and particularly the civic engagement is so important to a city like Portland, there was no way we were not going to step up and make sure it happened," said Jennings, president and general manager of the Maine Red Claws NBA Development League basketball team.

"Joining in the effort to rescue the fireworks -- and the regionwide celebration that rallies around them -- are Jack Quirk, owner of Quirk Chevrolet, Michael Dubyak, chairman and chief executive officer of Wright Express, and Richard Connor, chief executive officer of MaineToday Media.

"The first one to suggest we get involved in saving the city's fireworks was Executive Editor Scott Wasser," said Connor, whose MaineToday Media publishes The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Waterville Sentinel daily newspapers, the weekly Coastal Journal in Bath and their respective Web sites.

Serendipity struck the same day when Jon Jennings phoned to ask for our help. He and the Red Claws deserve all the credit for putting this together."

Connor said newspapers have a special affinity for the Fourth of July.

"A newspaper stands for everything that is American, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free enterprise and just plain freedom. Fourth of July and the accompanying fireworks are about as American as you can get," he said. "Saving this for the city and its people was just something we had to do."

Dubyak said Wright Express welcomes the opportunity to help out when it can.

"For families it's a tradition to celebrate, from a patriotic standpoint, the independence of our country. It's something everybody looks forward to every year," he said.

"It's a wonderful tradition and if it can be sustained, we're going to do it," he said.

Quirk said he, like many Americans, has fond memories of the Fourth of July fireworks.

"Ever since I was a kid, my parents would take me and my four brothers to the fireworks and when I had kids, I took my kids to the fireworks," he said. "It's a tradition and it's part of our heritage."

The least we can do, Quirk said, "is celebrate our independence and freedom," while family, friends and employees are fighting overseas.

Jennings recalls his family setting up for the Fourth on Roosevelt Hill in Richmond, Ind., where he grew up.

"I remember laying on the ground watching the fireworks, taking sheer delight that they were scaring my little sister out of her mind," he said, chuckling.

Jennings said the businesses will continue to work with the city to make sure the fireworks display is not in doubt again.

The fireworks and daylong festivities that precede them draw thousands of people to the Eastern Promenade. The spectacular display draws onlookers to vantage points in Falmouth and South Portland as well as Portland.

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said it is remarkable that the private sector effort came together within a week of the budget presentation.

"We're thrilled this was worked out," she said.

Vanessa Ainsworth was raised on Munjoy Hill and was flabbergasted when she heard the display was being canceled.

"It's a huge deal. It's pretty much the only thing I have to look forward to in the summer," Ainsworth said, as she enjoyed Saturday's late-afternoon sunshine on the grassy Eastern Prom overlooking Casco Bay.

News that the show would go on came as a tremendous relief, she said.

"It's not just the fireworks," she said. "It's like everybody comes together for one big backyard barbecue on the hill."



Fireworks will light up the Fourth

LOCATION: The Livingston County,USA
DATE: April 11, 2010
BY: Livingston
DETAILS: The Livingston County Area Fireworks Committee was able to reach its fundraising goal for this summer's Fourth of July fireworks display in Fowlerville when Tenpenny Furniture in Genoa Township stepped up to become a sponsor of the annual event.

Last month, the committee reported it had gathered less than half of the $10,000 needed to put on its annual fireworks show.

"Every year, we struggle to get enough money to put on a fireworks show," Steve MacDermaid, a member of the Fowlerville Rotary Club, which works closely with the committee's fundraising efforts, told the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus in March. "We lack the ability to find a major sponsor for the fireworks."

The fireworks display is one of two public displays in Livingston County held July 4. The community of Gregory in Unadilla Township also launches fireworks on the Fourth. In the past, Kensington Metropark hosted fireworks on Independence Day, but last year changed its display to June 12, near Flag Day.

Despite its annual difficulty in fund-raising, the committee, formerly known as the Fowlerville Fireworks Committee, has pushed to keep presenting the fireworks. Not only has the committee persevered in putting on the display, but its recent name change reflects plans to expand the event beyond just fireworks.

Last year, the Fourth of July event included a silent auction, the Taste of Fowlerville, a farmers' market and parade, among other attractions. Organizers would like to keep those type of events, and add paid entertainers to the lineup.

"We'd like to be able to compensate people for coming out and doing this," Peg Ogden, a member of the fireworks committee, said last month. "And we need money to pay people for the entertainment."

Part of the difficulty in expanding the event is that organizers often begin the day well shy of the thousands of dollars needed to pay for the fireworks show and the insurance to cover it, which doesn't include any other costs associated with the event, according to MacDermaid.


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Apr 6, 2010

What should they name this year's fireworks show?

DATE: April 5, 2010 5:53 p.m.
DETAILS: Seattle will have its Fourth of July fireworks show. But what are they going to call it?

Businesses and individuals rallied to save the city's last remaining Independence Day fireworks last week after nonprofit production company One Reel announced it could not find a title sponsor to fund it.

That left One Reel with an interesting challenge: figuring out how to recognize the more than 100 donors who raised $500,000 so quickly, it led Mayor Mike McGinn to proclaim Friday "The Day the People Saved the Fireworks."

The pressure's on. With so many people and businesses invested in the event -- not to mention the flurry of media coverage and the mayor's proclamation -- the fireworks show over Lake Union is bound to draw more public attention -- and scrutiny -- than it has in years.

It's typically named after a single title sponsor: WaMu Family Fourth, Chase Family Fourth, etc. This year, it could be "Family Fourth," "Seattle Family Fourth" or something else entirely.

Figuring out the name is just the beginning.

"We recognize this event is different. It's going to be different from start to finish," said One Reel spokeswoman Mikhael Mei Williams. "We know it's going to be one of the best events ever."

The nonprofit wants to ensure the event show gratitude to everyone who helped save the show, Williams said. That includes not only Starbucks and Microsoft, which donated $125,000 each, but the dozens of businesses that contributed $1,000 or $5,000 and the roughly 150 individuals who donated amounts under $1,000 online.

Since the pledges were technically donations, not sponsorships, none of the contributors -- not even Microsoft or Starbucks -- could claim promotional space at the event.

Just that is a big change for an event long been funded by one sponsor with deep pockets.

"I hope all the people that were part of it get some kind of recognition," said Libby Denkmann, producer of "The Dave Ross" show on KIRO FM, which kicked off the grassroots fundraising drive. "Dave talks about jokingly building a monument."

Whatever One Reel plans for this year's event, next year's presents the bigger challenge. Rescuing the fireworks show brought the city together. Rescuing it twice could get old.

If securing a title sponsor in 2011 is as hard as it was in 2010, One Reel needs alternatives. Knowing Seattle values the show enough to save it, Williams said, has given the nonprofit more reason to explore them.

"It's a huge lesson learned," Williams said. "We just don't know exactly how it's going to translate."

Posted by Monica Guzman at April 5, 2010 5:53 p.m.
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Posted by N47 W122 at 4/5/2010 6:27 p.m.

Phil Gramm


Posted by Panzo at 4/5/2010 6:41 p.m.

How about the "Be Sure To Get The Complete List Of Advertisers At The Main Gate Family Forth"?


Posted by Mr. J at 4/5/2010 7:24 p.m.

How about: "The Seattle 4th of July Fireworks Celebration"

Nice and to the point.

Put the list of sponsors below the title, in smaller print with a big "Thank You" to them.

Let's commercialize things less.


Posted by TwoTired00 at 4/5/2010 10:06 p.m.

The Pacific Northwest Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration - Apalo Anton Ohno Olympic Tribute 2010. And put him in the first Corvette in the Torchlight Parade. The guy earned it.


Posted by Ospray at 4/5/2010 10:35 p.m.

How about "The 2010 Seattle Big Bang"?


Posted by jim5car at 4/5/2010 11:06 p.m.

Interesting that Mayor McGinn had to ride someone else's coattails to find something to celebrate...


Posted by me em at 4/6/2010 12:46 a.m.

How about, "The Grassroots Family Fourth"? "The People's Fourth of July Fireworks"? Or "The Community's Family Fourth"?

Even though I don't know who all the donors are, the thanks of myself and many others go out to them. Thank you so much!


Posted by Marine Vet at 4/6/2010 8:28 a.m.

To be honest, I never knew it had a name. We always referred to it as "the Lake Union Fireworks" and probably still will. Very cool that the community came together to save the show and celebrate our country.


Posted by Andrea James at 4/6/2010 8:36 a.m.

LOL. Panzo FTW.


Posted by OnceaKnight at 4/6/2010 9:33 a.m.

Name it the "Thank You, Tom Douglas and Friends" Fireworks Show.


Posted by Teabag at 4/6/2010 9:54 a.m.

Most citizens have no idea how many problems are associated with the Fourth of July Fireworks (20 minutes)and the cost to the city for repairs, clean up and security for this events. This money raised will not go that those expensives.
The money should go to a more just cause!

Too expensive for a 20 minute show...


Posted by Belltowngirl at 4/6/2010 10:23 a.m.

@Teabag - get a life!


Posted by King Rat at 4/6/2010 10:46 a.m.

I think we should use a local charity in the name. If we're gonna raise $500,000 for pretty lights, but cut social services, the least we could do is use the name to highlight the non-profits and agencies that are struggling and give them some promotion.

Millionair Club Family 4th
The ROOTS 4th Fireworks
Treehouse Fireworks Show
The Lake Union Fireworks (featuring Lifelong AIDS Alliance)


Posted by kanth7 at 4/6/2010 12:01 p.m.

Seattle Community Fourth


Posted by Teabag at 4/6/2010 12:47 p.m.

Yo Belltowngirl, I have a life thats why I don't need Fireworks to make my 4th of July. Try looking into what happens to the city the night of this event.
Crime goes way up.. DUIs, traffic accidents, rapes, theft, under age drinking and Lot of SHI_ left at Gas Works and Myrtle Edwards park.


Posted by Lonesome at 4/6/2010 4:17 p.m.

Well TeaBag what you need to do is maybe take some time and volenter at some of the charitys that are in the area.. I will not beable to see the show and then again as I have moved out of state I can not realy comment on the time and such of the show.. However
I do know traffic is allways a mess afterwards I recall
more of Ivars Show but that is no longer I hear.. but when ever there is a free show be it fireworks or concert ect there are allways some folks who will never behave and make for folks not realy willing to put shows on.. I just hope that it is a nice warm night and every one makes it home safe.. And big kudos to the folks who helped with there wallets!

Donors save Seattle's Fourth of July fireworks

DATE: Last updated April 2, 2010 10:15 a.m. PT
DETAILS: SEATTLE -- A day after plans for Seattle's Fourth of July fireworks fizzled, the annual display is back on the calendar thanks to a burst of donations.

The nonprofit that organizes the show, One Reel, announced Friday it has reached the goal of $500,000 in pledges.

The campaign ignited spontaneously Thursday when restaurant owner and chef Tom Douglas pledged $5,000 on KIRO Radio's Dave Ross show and Ross added $1,000 of his own money.

A number of businesses phoned in pledges and Starbucks and Microsoft said they'd each match $125,000 in donations.

One Reel had lost major corporate sponsorship of the show that attracts tens of thousands of people to the shores of Lake Union and is considered a Seattle summer tradition.

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Apr 3, 2010

Pssst, Seattle. We've got fireworks

BY: Published: 04/02/1012:05 am
DETAILS: While Seattle's Fourth of July fireworks display is in doubt, Tacoma's annual Freedom Fair fireworks show will go on, its lead booster said Thursday.

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Apr 2, 2010

Rifle hoping to raise funds for July fireworks show

DATE:Thursday, April 1, 2010
DETAILS: RIFLE — If you were a little kid in Rifle in years past, you probably remember the fireman coming to your door and taking a ride on the big red fire truck.

It was an effort to raise money to put on a Fourth of July fireworks display in the city of Rifle.

But if you want to see a fireworks this year, you might want to contribute to the "Pass the Boot" campaign which is being held in conjunction with the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce to raise money to have fireworks this year.

For nearly 40 years, the Rifle Fire Department had the duty of raising money for the fireworks display, but stopped putting on fireworks in 2007 because it was no longer financially feasible, along with safety issues regarding the pyrotechnics involved.

"We used to raise money for the fireworks by going through the community door-to-door asking for donations and giving rides to kids on the fire trucks," said Fire Chief Mike Morgan. "We did that for about 40 years — it started in the '50s or '60s."

Even when Morgan joined the department in 1986, it was easy to cover the town in less than five evening.

"At that time we got 300-400 calls per year in the 1980s and '90s," he said. "Now we get 1200-1300 calls per hear and we don't have the people to cover it anymore."

The year 2007 was the last year the Rifle Fire Department raised money for the city fireworks, which has never previously been done with taxpayer's dollars.

In the past, firefighters used to go through the neighborhoods, knocking on doors to get donations for the fireworks and offering free rides on the fire trucks to the kids in return.

"We typically raised $9,000-$14,000," Morgan said.

The cost of the fireworks for this year is estimated at $18,000, with half of that already raised.

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping a campaign to raise funds for the fireworks will raise enough money to put on a show in July. So far, the chamber has kicked in $2,000, the city's Parks and Recreation Department another $2,0000 and $5,000 from the Visitor Improvement Fund.

"This would be for a 35 to 40 minute display," said Annick Pruett, CEO and president of the Rifle chamber at a workshop meeting with the city and other interested parties.

The chamber has hired a company called "Midnight Sun" to put on and promote the fireworks.

A "Bring Back the Boot" fan page on Facebook has even been established, along with a "Pass the Boot" money-raising campaign.

Mayor Keith Lambert suggested that even though the fire department doesn't put on the fire works display, that it might kick into the coffers along with others.

Morgan said that while the department did not have the personnel or the expertise to fundraiser and put on the fireworks, that might be on option.

"But it would be up to the (Rifle Area Fire Protection District) board," he said. "It's not that we won't help, but we can't be the one and only organization putting it all together."

Morgan pointed out that pyrotechnic technicians were essential in putting on firework displays and insurance companies were putting on the pressure.

"These (fireworks) don't hurt people — they can remove body parts," Morgan said.

When asked if the fire department could possibly contribute toward the funding of the fireworks display this year, Morgan said it would be up to the Rifle Fire District Board.

"I'd have to talk to the board about it," Morgan said. "It's not my decision. It's a very sensitive issue. But the bottom line is that we can't be the sole funding source. There's not tax dollars paying for it — it's fundraising and we don't have the manpower or the people to go knock on every door — it's just not feasible. "

Safety is another factor in the fire department's decision. While it has some people trained, they are not pyrotechnicians.

"We want to support what we can — what is safe and logical," Morgan said. "We want to help the chamber, but we just cannot be the lead agency anymore."

Fireworks a possibility in Lehigh on July 3

DATE: April 2, 2010
DATE: Lehigh is a freedom loving town and it deserves to celebrate that freedom with fireworks over the Fourth of July holidays, says Charlotte Rae Nicely, executive director of Lehigh Community Services today. She says the agency would like to do a "bang up" job to celebration America's birthday this year.

But to have a fireworks display in Lehigh, it takes money to pay for them and Rae has issued an appeal to area businesses and Chamber of Commerce members to become sponsors of such an event.

" To successfully do this we are asking for the business community's support. Too often our residents have to drive into Fort Myers or Cape Coral to view fireworks displays to celebrate the Fourth of July.

"Lehigh Acres is such a patriotic community that we need to celebrate our freedom right here in our own hometown," Rae said. "To do this Lehigh Community Services is asking for the support of local businesses."

Rae said in a email today to business leaders that her agency has been in contact with a professional pyrotechnic firm that has agreed to give the community a substantially discounted price for a fireworks display.

She said the fireworks would be on the night of Saturday, July 3 to get a reduced price. "Obviously the price break is great but we will also not be competing with other community celebrations. Lehigh Community Services already has plenty of daytime events planned for families to enjoy at Veterans Park; however, it sure would be great to end the day with a big band," she said.

She is asking locals to consider being a sponsor for the celebration. All of the sponsors for the

fireworks display will have advanced publicity in the local papers, prominent signage

at the event and on-stage recognition throughout the day of the event at Veterans Park, she said.

"Let's work together to give thanks for the freedom that we enjoy in this wonderful

country. This will be a day to thank our men and women in the military for providing us those freedoms," she said.

Local businesses can commit to being a "Big Banger" with a gift of $1,000; a "Big Shot" for a $500 donation or a "Firecracker" for a donation of $250.

Local firms that want to become sponsors should call Lehigh Community Services at

239-369-5818, email at

Due to time constraints, Rae said commitments are needed no later than Friday, April 16.

Rae also attached a commitment form in her email to local Chamber members.