The cornerstone to any 4th of July celebration is, without doubt, a professional fireworks display viewed by family, friends and the community. Unfortunately, members of the Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration Committee are concerned that such a display may not take place this year due to the lack of necessary funding.
According to event chairman Mike Snider, both funds and time are running short this year. “We have to let the fireworks company know if we are a go by May 1st. Unfortunately right now we only have $4200 of the $8000 needed to put on this year’s fireworks display.”
As in the past, the committee has utilized many avenues for funding including Bucks for Booms containers at area retailers, a late January Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament and letters to businesses and individuals requesting donations. However, funding streams haven’t flowed this year as they have in the past.
“I think our funding issues this year are just a reflection of the local economy and the increasing demand for the disposable dollar.” Snider said. “I can’t believe people don’t like fireworks anymore. I think they are simply being pulled in many different directions and there just isn’t enough good will money to go around.”
During a phone interview yesterday with Brian Beck, Vice President of Operations for Beck Suppliers, Mr. Beck discussed his plan to help solve the 4th of July funding problem.
“During the entire month of April, clerks at both of our Port Clinton area Friendship Food Stores will be selling raffle tickets at a dollar each or six for $5. The grand prize for this raffle is a $500 gift card redeemable at the Friendship Stores. This gift card can be used for food, snacks or even gasoline.”
Beck hopes his efforts will keep fireworks on the 4th of July in Port Clinton. “I love fireworks. Some of my fondest memories are family gatherings during the 4th of July watching fireworks displays. It’s an American tradition and I for one don’t want to have a Port Clinton 4th of July without them.”
Raffle tickets will be sold by clerks at both of the Friendship Food Store locations in the Port Clinton area throughout the month of April, with the drawing taking place on May 1st. Friendship Food Stores are located at 3800 East State Road and 1810 E. Perry Street.
Donations to the Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration may be mailed to the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 110 Madison Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452 with the special notation FIREWORKS in the memo section of the check.