Saturday, May 11, 2013

20 days remain, $18,000.00 on the collection drive to go / Collections this weekend washed out by the rain

Good morning Wallingford.

I wanted to update everyone as to our current status of the cancelled Wallingford Fireworks and Independence Day Celebration and let people know that the push is still on to restore this event for 2013.

There are just 20 days left as of today (May 11th) and we still need to raise an additional $18,000.00 to reach the 2013 fundraising campaign goal of $30,000.00. This is per the Mayor’s timeline for when the funds are due – the last Friday of the month of May which this year is the 31st.
This collection effort is for the entire cost of the event – the fireworks themselves and all the municipal services overtime for the police, fire and Public Works departments; none of the costs are being carried by the Town of Wallingford, we either fundraise all of them or the event does not go on.

While we are behind in the effort to date, we are still pressing forward. We are Wallingford and we will get this done.

I am still working on securing the pledge from Campus at Greenhill and Gale Development; if they come in as pledged which is at the same levels as last year it’ll put us a lot closer to the finish line. In the meantime we keep driving this “as is” and we will be back out collecting.
We had planned to be out this morning at the Recycling Center and the landfill but the rain stopped that.
Your individual donations have always been critical but never more than this year; the long winter hampered our March fundraising efforts. We did play a little catch up in April and are now at just about $12,000.00 even. Given just that and averaging forward over the remaining 20 days, we will fall short by about $14,000.00 unless the mail in donations make-up the difference.

Please make checks out to: “Wallingford Fireworks Fund” and send to:

Wallingford Fireworks Fund
c/o Jason Zandri
35 Lincoln Drive EXT
Wallingford, CT 06492


You can also donate below via PAYPAL if you choose. See the link at the bottom of the page.

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 at and I will forward you the information.
The 2013 Sponsor Book will be handed out at ALL fundraising events (the first printing is set to go at the end of next week on May 17th), 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

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