Marquette fireworks fundraising nears goal

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Area Fourth of July Fireworks Committee hosted a fundraiser Tuesday night at the Ore Dock Brewery in Marquette, hoping to reach its $50,000 fundraising goal.

“I’m confident we’re going to make it,” committee Chairman Tom Baldini said.

According to Baldini, the latest count before Tuesday’s event was $42,000.

The fundraiser included live music by the Flat Broke Blues Band, food from Togo’s and candy from Donckers. A 50/50 raffles was also held. Tickets to the event were $10.

Baldini said the fireworks display is one of the largest annual events in the area, with thousands of people enjoying the show each year from Mattson Lower Harbor Park, beaches along the Lake Superior shoreline and even from their homes in areas with a view.

“It’s the country’s birthday,” Baldini said. “It’s shared by everyone.”

New this year will be the ability to listen to a music program on local radio that will be synced up with the fireworks display.

Baldini said roughly $31,000 of the $50,000 will go to next week’s fireworks display, with $25,000 spent on fireworks and the remainder used for insurance, promotion and other costs associated with the event.

The remaining funds will be used to help pay for next year’s display.

Baldini said the committee is still looking for a sustainable way to fund the fireworks show for many more years to come.

“This thing can only happen because the community is very supportive,” Baldini said.

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