Longmont Gets Donations Toward Covering Cost of Fourth of July Fireworks Show
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Anyone interested in donating to the fireworks fund can do so through the Skyline Longmont Kiwanis Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, by visiting skylinekiwanis.org online. Donations are tax-deductible.
Skyline Kiwanis Club on Tuesday night presented the Longmont City Council with a $12,000 donation toward covering the $32,000 cost of this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.
Skyline members also gave the council a separate $5,000 contribution from two Longmont-area businesses, Ward Electric Co. Inc. and Ward Engineering Inc.
Those were the first installments of contributions that Skyline Kiwanis, the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce and several local businesses and individuals have made or pledged to help ensure there will be a fireworks display on July 4, according to Skyline member Scott Nix.
Skyline Kiwanis Club has been raising money for the event for several years and donating it to offset part of Longmont’s annual total expense for the fireworks show.
However, the City Council last fall adopted a 2019 city budget that did not include any funding for the event. That was one of a number of cost-saving measures the city staff recommended, and the staff said not paying for the fireworks show could save the city $27,000.
Skyline Kiwanis, in partnership with the Longmont Area Chamber, launched a fund drive to raise at least $32,000 — and a goal of $40,000 to $45,000 — for this year’s show, a fund drive that is still underway.
“We all love the traditional fireworks dating back as long as we can remember,” Skyline Kiwanis tells visitors to its website, skylinekiwanis.org .
The service club urges: “Please keep our 4th of July fireworks tradition alive!”
Last month, the City Council did approve providing — at least temporarily — $15,000 to help pay for securing a contractor in time for plans to proceed for the otherwise privately funded 2019 show.
Skyline’s Nix said Tuesday night that the Kiwanis Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce hope to present another donation to the council in late April or early May.
Mayor Brian Bagley said, “I know you guys have been reaching out to the business community, and we appreciate it.”
Nix predicted, “We’ll have a great show.”
Assistant City Manager Sandi Seader said the show will cost a total $32,000 including the contract with the company hired and “associated costs.”
Seader said Skyline’s goal of at least $40,000 is “so that we can have an even longer, more spectacular show.”
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