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American Legion faces fireworks show shortfall

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 | Posted by
Fireworks from March Avenue in Healdsburg. (Photo: Ann Carranza)

Fireworks from March Avenue in Healdsburg. (Photo: Ann Carranza)

The American Legion’s Fireworks Show is one of Healdsburg’s favorite summer events.

The event, which costs about $30,000, has been presented by the group for 26 years.

Lorraine Plass, former commander of Sotoyome Post 111, said they are still short of their fundraising goal by $6200. They need to raise that money as soon as possible. They are  also raising the $15,000 down payment needed next January for the 2015 fireworks show.

One sign to the community that the Legion still needs money is the donation cans continued presence in stores and shops around town.

“If the buckets are still out, that’s your sign we still need money,” said Plass. “This year we had three finales for the event and the crowd went crazy.

“We need benefactors,” she continued. “Some of our regulars didn’t donate this year and our take from the field was 50% of what it was last year.” Plass is referring to the “passing of the buckets” around the crowd at the Fourth of July event.

Event costs continue to increase with both the cost of police security at the event and the security fences costing the Legion more this year. Declining revenues from the Villa Chanticleer bar make them unable to make up and shortfall.

To make a donation, send a check to American Legion Post 111, P.O. Box 281, Healdsburg, 95448.

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