Facing funding shortage, Carlisle fireworks in jeopardy

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Jun 30, 2015 5:24 PM
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(Carlisle)-- Mayor Tim Scott of Carlisle Borough says fundraising efforts for this year's fireworks display have fallen short, and the future of the annual tradition is in serious jeopardy.

"Despite my best efforts, I regret to announce we will miss our target for the funds necessary to pay for this year's Fireworks Display unless commitments are received from sponsors totaling $10,000 by the end of the week," Scott said in a statement.

The borough does not have a line item to pay for the cost of fireworks display, and it has never used tax dollars. Traditionally, the mayor has led an annual public campaign to raise the necessary funds.

"Though some of our sponsors have come through, the broad support just does not seem to be there as in past years," said Scott.  "While I appreciate all the support received in the form of donations from a mix of private individuals and corporate sponsors, it is simply not enough to sustain the future of the event."

Scott still hopes to raise the necessary funds. Checks, made payable to "Carlisle Fireworks Fund", can be sent to Carlisle Fireworks Fund, c/o Carlisle Borough 53 W. South Street, Carlisle PA 17013.

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