Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fireworks fundraising collections this Saturday morning April 19th

We are ready to start our collections this morning and we have a hair over $4,000.00 collected all together; that is about 15% of what we need. Normally by this point we are at about $9,000.00; the March collections were seriously impacted due to the long winter. We are hoping the thaw and the mail campaign starts to make up for that.

We also have a dinner fundraiser planned and we’ll be posting details for that this week. 

In the meantime, we had an original collection goal for 2014 of $35,000.00 we have reduced that 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 these donations, which ever one we meet, is due to the town of Wallingford 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.

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.

Alternately – 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
Sound                          $1,100.00
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 $27640.00

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


This is our task for 2014. It is up to Wallingford businesses and residents again, as it has been since 2010, to save the show.

We hope you can help out in any way you can; every dollar helps

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