Brattleboro Goes Fourth halfway to fundraising goal

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Reformer, C&S, Brattleboro Savings & Loan help radiothon

BRATTLEBORO >> Organizers of Brattleboro's Independence Day celebration have passed the halfway point toward a $5,000 fireworks fund-raising goal thanks to a WTSA-FM radiothon Friday that reaped several large contributions from local businesses.

The town's 43rd annual free family July 4 event is set to feature a morning parade downtown and afternoon and evening of sports, concerts and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.

Brattleboro's Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, known for leading the annual march with its giant American flag, kicked off this year's fund-raising efforts by contributing enough money to cover all parade costs.

The all-volunteer "By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth" citizens committee, now collecting money for fireworks and other free park activities, used Friday's live WTSA-FM broadcast to announce two major contributions, from the Reformer and C&S Wholesale Grocers.

The radiothon also received significant donations from the Brattleboro Savings & Loan, which is serving as the effort's official bank, as well as the Holstein Association, Sovernet Communications and the Richards Group.

Added to dozens of other community contributions, July 4th organizers now have only about $2,000 more to raise to fully fund this year's celebration.

"We're very happy with our success so far," Recreation and Parks Director Carol Lolatte said Friday, "but we still need support so we can continue to make this event free of charge."

Marching units set to include the Brattleboro American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans and civic and youth groups will kick off July 4th at 10 a.m. with a parade along Canal and Main streets to the town Common.

After, the town Recreation & Parks Department will offer a series of public concerts, sporting events and family activities at Living Memorial Park throughout the afternoon and evening until the start of fireworks by Northstar, a Vermont-owned company, at 9:30 p.m.

All programs are free thanks to citizen, civic and corporate donations. People wanting to contribute can give through a link on the Brattleboro Savings & Loan Facebook page or by mailing donations to "Brattleboro Goes Fourth," P.O. Box 1112, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

People seeking more information can log onto the Brattleboro Goes Fourth Facebook page —www.facebook.com/BrattleboroGoesFourth — or email brattleborogoesfourth@gmail.com.


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