Fireworks Fundraising Under Way
The St. Clair Shores Activities Committee is raising funds to offset the costs of the annual fireworks show on June 24.
Members of the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee are collecting donations and selling wristbands for the city's annual fireworks display.
The annual event, which draws thousands of people to Veterans Memorial Park and many more to neighborhoods around Masonic and Jefferson, costs about $50,000 for the actual fireworks, police protection and other city services.
To help offset those costs, the city is charging $2 admission for the fireworks and a $5 parking fee for those who park in the lot across Jefferson.
Prior to the event, members of the activities committee will sell the entry wristbands and collect donations throughout the city, including today at Village Market.
"It is a great event for families to spend time together and enjoy the fireworks," said Greg Esler, parks and recreation director.
The city is also soliciting donations to offset the costs of the event. First State Bank is the title sponsor of the event, donating $9,000 for fireworks. Other sponsors include Mastro's Ice Cream, Fishbone's, Kaul Funeral Home and Maloof Jewelry.
"We are very involved in all the communities we service," said Lynn Scott of First State Bank. "We want to do things like help keep the fireworks and help the community."
Admission wristbands can be purchased for $2 per person in advance or at the gate until 8 p.m. and today at Village Market. The wristbands are also available at the parks and recreation offices at 20000 Stephens or at the two First State Bank branches in St. Clair Shores. The $5 parking passes are also available at the parks and recreation department.