Monday, April 1, 2013

One month is down with March behind us; only 60 days remain.

I wanted to drop this open post as an update to where we are and where we need to go.

First and foremost, I want to express my personal thanks once again for your past support to the Wallingford Fireworks Fund and the Wallingford 4th of July Independence Day Celebration.
The efforts of the past three years have allowed the Wallingford Fireworks Fund, with your help, to save Wallingford’s Independence Day celebration. The fireworks show for 2013 has again gone unfunded by the town without any consideration for the town services, so if the event is to occur we are going to have to fund everything ourselves, the fireworks themselves, the overtime for the police, fire and public works departments, and so forth.

The 2013 campaign effort has a goal of $30,000.00; if we cannot collect this amount by the last Friday in May, per the Mayor’s timeline for when the funds are due, the show will not occur and we’ll push the funds into 2014.

We haven’t needed to do this yet and have no plans to allow that to happen this year either.

Your donations have always been critical but never more than this year; the long winter has hampered our March fundraising efforts. We have collected just $4,000.00 when we’d otherwise have about $8,000.00. Averaging forward over the remaining 60 days, we will fall short by about $15,000.00 unless the mail in donations make-up the difference.

You can also donate below via PAYPAL if you choose.
We have advertising rates for our 2013 program guide available as well as formal sponsorship of the 2013 event at varying levels; if you or anyone you know can and wish to support us at those levels please drop me an email and I will forward you the information.
The 2013 Sponsor Book will be handed out at ALL fundraising events (after first printing planned for the first week of May), this includes the annual dinner fundraiser and any other events we'll be having until the July 4th fireworks show. (If there are still copies remaining for Celebrate Wallingford 2013 we'll hand them out there as well).

If you have any capacity and / or desire to continue to help us with the efforts in keeping this grand Wallingford family tradition alive please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Spreading the word to friends and neighbors that might support the efforts is always welcome as well.
Thank you again for your past support and our ongoing efforts.
Jason Zandri
President – Wallingford Fireworks Fund