Another event planned to bring back the fireworks [UPDATED]Published 11:33am Friday, October 4, 2013 Updated 2:30pm Friday, October 4, 2013
The city of Fergus Falls hasn’t been involved with providing a Fourth of July fireworks display for a few years.
But one local business plans to help illuminate the sky for the summer holiday in 2014.
The Affinity Plus branch in Fergus Falls is heading up efforts to raise money for fireworks next year. It held a Light Up the Sky event Sept. 21 where community members spread kindness and Affinity Plus donated $10 for each kindness story shared. It raised $1,200 that day alone.
“We plan to continue those efforts,” said Nick Mariotti, branch manager. “Our goal really is to be a catalyst to bring this effort forward.”
The goal is to bring in a total of $15,000 for the fireworks.
That ballpark number should help bring a nice fireworks display to the community, Mariotti said.
One other fireworks fundraising event is already set this month.
Tavern 59 and the Fergus Falls Jaycees will team up to host an adult Halloween party Oct. 26 at the golf course.
A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Jaycees, and the group has committed to donating 100 percent of those funds to the fireworks efforts.
The event will feature games, a costume contest, DJ, food and beverages.
While Affinity Plus is the only business on board with the fireworks fundraising, they know they’ll need help from elsewhere, too. They’re also looking for unique ways for people to contribute.
“We’re hoping that we can get others to jump in,” Mariotti said.
The efforts of Affinity Plus haven’t gone unnoticed by residents. They’ve received lots of “thank yous,” including one from city council member Randy Synstelien Wednesday morning during the Finance, Personnel and Development meeting.
“The feedback has been nothing but positive,” Mariotti said. “Lots of encouragement.”
The Finance committee made a recommendation for city staff to work with fundraisers to move the efforts forward and have the city act as fiscal host.
Anyone interested in making a donation or helping with fundraising efforts can contact Mariotti at Affinity Plus at 739-6072.