We are ready to start our collections this morning (despite the light rain) and there are three weeks that remain to the Dinner Fundraiser. We will be at the Wallingford Landfill and the Recycling Center until about noon today or perhaps a little later if you can swing by and drop your donation into the bucket.
We have reduced our collection campaign goal for 2014 to the bare minimum of $30,000.00 which puts the performance of the R Band at the show at risk (that is the first thing we have cut in the past to save the overall show as it is a larger item and the show can continue without it as needed). Even by reducing that total cost (for the band and the sound system of $3,190.00) we would still need to collect a bare minimum of $24,250.00. Of that $11,925.00 are the fireworks themselves; $12,325.00 are mainly the town services for police and fire overtime as well as some costs for the the fire marshal and the board of education custodial overtime.
The deadline for the donation to the Town of Wallingford is due by May 30th for the show scheduled for July 5th, 2014.
If we cannot collect what is needed to pay for the entire event there will likely be no show this year. At this point in time, just as it has been since 2010, the Town itself is not affording any funding to this event. The job to save the celebration is ours “we the people” to make or break unless something changes.
If you are not out this morning and cannot stop by, you can mail your tax deductable donation (we are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization - tax id# is 27-2576599) to:
Wallingford Fireworks Fund
c/o 35 Lincoln Drive EXT
Wallingford CT 06492
We also accept donations online via Paypal
As a reminder of all the costs we have to bear:
Pyrotechnics (fireworks) $11,925.00
R- Band $2,090.00
Public Works $ 400.00
Port-o-Lets $ 200.00
The above costs are $15,715.00 and the fireworks are $11,925.00 for a total of $27,640.00
I am still waiting on the costs for the Fire Marshall, the Board of Ed person for Sheehan and the overtime for the Fire Department and the Police Department as the Fund is responsible for those costs as well.
In 2013 those costs were:
Board of Ed $ 425.00
Fire Marshal $ 950.00
Fire Department Overtime $2,100.00
Police Department Overtime $8,250.00
CAMPUS AT GREENHILL WALLINGFORD FIREWORKS FUND
FAMILY FUNDRAISER DINNER
ZANDRI’S STILLWOOD INN – 7:00P.M.
1074 SO. COLONY RD., WALLINGFORD
THURSDAY MAY 15, 2014
TICKETS: $25.00 EACH / CHILDREN UNDER 12 $12.50
Family Style Baked Chicken, Ziti and Meatballs, Tossed Salad, Italian Bread – Cash bar
Jeff Kenniston and Trent Gerbers of Addison Station