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Save the Fireworks

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No spark for Grand Rapids fireworks sponsorship

GRAND RAPIDS -- Efforts to reignite downtown's annual Fourth of July fireworks display have sputtered and fizzled, Joel Schaaf, chairman of Grand Entertainment, said today.

"I'm very disappointed. I can't believe we're at this point," said Schaaf after failing to find enough corporate sponsorship for the $125,000 event. "We've reached our drop-dead date. We were hoping someone would come forward and help us out."

The cancellation means a Fourth of July fireworks show will not be staged at Ah-Nab-Awen Bicentennial Park for the first time since 1982. Schaaf said his nonprofit group will focus on bringing back the display for July 4, 2007.

This is stupid. Does this city really not have 1,000 people willing to donate $125? I donate three times that to the United Way in a year and I'm poor.

I'll put mine in. Anyone else want to play?

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I will say this again: GR was an All American city more then once, and we can't even find anyone to contribute to a celebration to express being American?! Where is our famous "Proud to me American" folks? I'd pay a few dollars to see this, wouldn't anyone else?

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Why didn't they just start a paypal account and get spots on all the local news shows and in the local paper/magazines? A fourth of July without fireworks? The communists have won.

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Why didn't they just start a paypal account and get spots on all the local news shows and in the local paper/magazines? A fourth of July without fireworks? The communists have won.

Well, they do have the paypal account accepting online donations already: Grand Entertainment

Maybe someone could make a button like this amazon_80x15.gif and then people or businesses can add them to their websites and blogs. I think a few thousand people donating just a few dollars could make a big dent.

It could be the 'Save the Fireworks' Campaign.

I actually just tried the link and the donation does work. You can enter any amount.

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Well, they do have the paypal account accepting online donations already: Grand Entertainment

Well they could have advertised it. I'm afraid the UP reach isn't that broad.

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I will say this again: GR was an All American city more then once, and we can't even find anyone to contribute to a celebration to express being American?! Where is our famous "Proud to me American" folks? I'd pay a few dollars to see this, wouldn't anyone else?

maybe you should put your money where your mouth is :P

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You say that to people who talk a big talk... I'll pay an admission fee. Really, I was being sarcastic, because this community with its nationalism putting up "Proud to be American" stickers and not giving a rats ass. Where's everyones money?

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ironically, the businesses DT paid 82,000 for some ad campaign to BRING people DT... when that money could be used for fireworks which has a proven track record of attracting MASSIVE amounts of people hmmmmmm........ pretty smart move

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Or the "pledged" 100 grand could have worked nicely too. I remember estimates in the 100,000 thousand range for people downtown to see the fireworks.

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Email Joel and tell him to advertise the fact they take donations via paypal. I just emailed him and said the community could probably come together if he just get the word out. I'm sure the local media would run the story. It's a feel good thing.

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Well, they do have the paypal account accepting online donations already: Grand Entertainment

Maybe someone could make a button like this amazon_80x15.gif and then people or businesses can add them to their websites and blogs. I think a few thousand people donating just a few dollars could make a big dent.

It could be the 'Save the Fireworks' Campaign.

I actually just tried the link and the donation does work. You can enter any amount.

They need a thermometer or a skyrocket or another method of depicting how much has been collected.

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Wow, I wish I'd seen the donation thing earlier today.

I'm going to give him a call tomorrow morning. If it turns out a last ditch effort will indeed save the fireworks, I'll make sure it gets in our paper on Monday (the issue the U.P. story is running in by the way), in Street Talk if nothing else.

If they actually have an online account, this would a lot easier than I thought.

Maybe some kind of e-mail chain letter?

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Sounds good Schoon! How many of us went last year?

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made my donation

figure they've only got 99,900 to go now

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I watched from lookout hill with my girlfriend and dogs. The neighborhood association put a big show with a Sandmans' BBQ tent, hotdogs, and DJ.

It rained but it was still a great time.

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My brother and I were accidently treated as VIP at the park. Didn't know what the hell was going on except the both of us were the only ones with out a bracelet thingamajig. Good times, good times.

I think the real best seat in the house would be in Downtown, not the park... You loose the ambience in the park.

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To heck with fireworks, let's fight the sinners instead! :)

Joe

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The problem is is that every little burg around GR has their own fireworks shows now, and some are pretty impressive. When we used to live in Georgetown Twp about 4 - 5 years ago, we could watch 3 fireworks shows from our deck. It's pretty ridiculous.

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Sounds good Schoon! How many of us went last year?

Meeeee! Put in about 8 hours volunteering at the beer tent for a lousy T-shirt and a face full of smoke. It was entertaining carding senior citizens, and even better when we got the gal who turned 21 that day.

The entertainment was great. Elvis! I can't recall who/what else performed, but I liked it.

Met a handsome man in blue (GRPD) but I didn't get his badge number. Will have to try again.

And I did not get stuck in a traffic jam heading home.

I've mentioned this before...they need volunteers with noisemakers and buckets wandering around the crowd a la East Lansing Folk Festival. Every performance sees a visit from the bucket brigade, and the collectors give you a sticker to show that you support the event.

Hope the powers that be are reading this!

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It rained but it was still a great time.

I watched them from atop McKay tower.. it was VERY wet, but its a sight that i can't even describe from up there.

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I am kind of surprised that one of the bigger corporations or benefactors have not stepped up and paid the remaining amount needed. It really is not that much for corporate sponorship . .plaster your name around, good PR, etc. If I had the $$$, I'd do it. But I am just a lowly little peon . . .haha :shades:

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I am kind of surprised that one of the bigger corporations or benefactors have not stepped up and paid the remaining amount needed. It really is not that much for corporate sponorship . .plaster your name around, good PR, etc. If I had the $$$, I'd do it. But I am just a lowly little peon . . .haha :shades:

It would be interesting to see how much of the $125,000 is actually left after a few donations here and there.

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They said on the news that it's already too late for this year and any money raised is going toward next year.

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I always look at the news as an estimation of the facts.

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