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April 4, 2013

Fireworks Foundation sets goal

Knoxville — A campaign is underway to raise at least $15,000 to purchase fireworks for a display in Knoxville on July 4. 

Organizers April Verwers and Anita Brown do not know from where the fireworks will be shot, if they are successful. One thing they would like to achieve is to provide the opportunity for older residents of Knoxville, living in nursing homes, to watch the fireworks. 

Though fireworks displays are prominent in nearby Bussey and Pleasantville, Verwers said not everyone can get to those locations. As the county seat of Marion County, they believe Knoxville should offer a fireworks display for Independence Day. 

They want to recreate scenes from times past, when families gathered and enjoyed such festivities together, in the outdoors. Collecting the money to pay for the fireworks is the group's primary goal, but when that is arranged, they might explore offering other activities. A target date for having the funding in place is May 31. The fireworks need to be ordered June 1. Fundraising will likely continue into June, with any money over $15,000 being utilized for a 2014 event. 

"We just want families to come together," Verwers said. 

Donations have already been received, especially from those who requested a fireworks show via Facebook. For more information, visit the group's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/knoxvillefireworksfoundation or email knoxvillefireworksfoundation@gmail.com. 

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