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Fireworks drive nearing goal

| June 30, 2010 9:00 PM

COEUR d'ALENE - The drive to fund the community fireworks display is doing well, but more help is needed to reach the $30,000 goal.

"We're halfway there," said Debbie Berger, fireworks fundraiser coordinator.

The Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce produces the event and had announced earlier that a private donor who helped make the fireworks possible had completed the two-year agreement.

"Rather than scale back the budget and the show, the planning committee sat down and worked out a strategy to secure the funds necessary to make sure the rockets of red glare will burst over the lake as the crescendo of the day's events," according to a press release.

The festivities start with the Backward Parade Bucket Brigade before the 11 a.m. American Heroes Parade, sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank.

The brigade is an important part of the community fireworks fundraising strategy and it allows everyone to support the evening's show, said organizers.

The festival, presented by Knudtsen Chevrolet, continues throughout the day with food, music and vendors in the park.

Fireworks begin about 9:45 p.m. The annual display is made possible by donations from individuals and businesses.

"It is through support of the Coeur d'Alene community, that in tough times people rise to the occasion, to make sure what is important is still important," said Todd Christensen, president and CEO of the chamber. "Honoring our heroes and celebrating our nation's birthday is something still important."

Many businesses contribute $500 to $1,000 per year to raise the $30,000 to $35,000 needed for one of the largest shows in the Northwest.

Central Pre-mix provides the sand for the barge from which the fireworks are launched.

Transtector Systems/PolyPhaser has donated to the fireworks fund for more than 10 years.

"The reason we donate every year is because our business is based on the people in our community and the Fourth of July is important for our employees and their families to support Coeur d'Alene's effort to recognize our heroes," said Colleen Krajack with Transtector Systems/PolyPhaser.

Donation buckets are located at Del Sol, Sterling Savings branches, Christmas at the Lake, Camera Corral, Cheryl Burchell Gallery, Devin Galleries, Velvet Hanger, All Things Irish, Moose Lounge, Cd'A Paddle Board, Runway, and the Cd'A Cruises.

To donate, contact Berger at Debbie@CdAChamber.com or call the chamber offices at 664-3194.

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