Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


May 5, 2014

Fireworks funding has a long way to go

Knoxville — Fundraising for the 2014 July 4 fireworks show is making progress, but more donations are needed to meet the Knoxville Fireworks Foundation's $15,000 goal. 

"We have a long way to go," Krissy Link, a member of the foundation, said. The foundation's fund raising efforts have included approximately 36 donation cans at different businesses around Knoxville. Letters were sent April 3 seeking donations. Responses to those letters have been better than 2013.

Last year was the first time a community fireworks display was held in the City of Knoxville for several years. Knoxville Estates is outside City limits, and hosts a fireworks display annually. The foundation said there were many people in attendance, with several others watching the fireworks from other areas around the display zone on Willetts Drive. 

"The feedback we got from people was awesome," April Verwers, another foundation member, said. 

The City of Knoxville provided a monetary donation to the event last year. The foundation does not intend to seek funds from the City this year. Donations of police and fire service from the City, for the event, would be appreciated. 

Ongoing and planned fund raisers include pop can collections and discount Pizza Hut cards (available at Main Street Market, in conjunction with the Marion County Humane Society). A fifth grade basketball team will work to collect donations soon, and the Knoxville Fire Department cadets will seek donations during the World of Outlaws show at the Knoxville Raceway on June 14. 

"Every penny counts," Verwers said. 

The foundation has organized levels of giving, which include the perk of having your name on the foundation's printed materials. Blue sponsorships range from $75-200; white sponsorships range from $201-500 and red sponsorships range from $501-1,000. 

The fireworks display is scheduled for July 4 at the same location. The foundation intends to order the fireworks for its display by mid-June. To make a donation, contact Verwers (891-6567) or Kristi Inskeep (842-7300), Link or Cindi Fuller. Donations can also be mailed to PO Box 251, Knoxville, IA, 50138. 

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