‘Save the Fireworks’ drive reaches $500,000 goal

It seems that the show will go on! Just 24 hours after Tom Douglas and Dave Ross announced a pledge drive to raise money to save the Family 4th Fireworks show on Lake Union, the goal of $500,000 has been reached.

Both Microsoft and Starbucks agreed to each pay $125,000 if other businesses and citizens pitched in the remaining $250,000. “We’re pleased to announce, with your help we have reached the goal of raising $500,000 in pledges. According to One Reel, the nonprofit that organizes the show, that is the amount needed to keep the show going,” an announcement posted on MyNorthwest.com states.

Mikhael Williams, spokesperson for One Reel, which has produced the event for more than 20 years, told MyWallingford.com yesterday that Monday was the deadline to meet the goal.

(Full disclosure: Next Door Media, which powers MyBallard.com, has donated to this fund.)


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Jerry
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Jerry

haha “Full Disclosure” = “pat our backs.”

Well, this is kind of like throwing a party for yourself…but…it is a nice gesture, so thanks for helping to save the fireworks.

JD
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JD

What a great way to blow half a million bucks.

Stupid Hippie
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Stupid Hippie

But what about money for the homeless? Sniff…

ktown69
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ktown69

It is amazing that our fine denizens can respond so quickly and openly to light up the sky, and yet…(go ahead and fill in your own___).

ophelia_wso
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ophelia_wso

I am appalled that so much money is being put towards something that is so insignificant. Perhaps this money could have been put to better use by enabling the safety and survival of people who are homeless, and to help raise awareness on sexual assault in our region or towards child abuse education and outreach. I am not trying to be dramatic here, rather realistic. April is both SAAM and child abuse prevention month. Organizations that raise money in this area are struggling every day to stay afloat, being told, “these are tough economic times.” How is it that we as a community are putting our own entertainment above the lives of our vulnerable community members? As a Director of a non-profit in the area of rape, sexual assault and gender violence it is so disappointing to see how little regard we have for issues that truly matter to our community. Advocates spend countless hours trying to raise funds for the cause with little success yet in just a few days, hundreds of thousands are raised for fireworks. I regret the impact that our decision will have on our community, on what it says to those in need. Perhaps next… Read more »

ABtm
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ABtm

Saved: a celebration of two great American pastimes: wasting resources, and explosions. Way to go Seattle! We're proud of ya.

redorgreen
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redorgreen

To the people who think the money is not doing anything good… Think of the $500,000 as an investment into the general public's pursuit of happiness… Or better yet think of it as an investment to help the bottom line of fireworks manufacturer to keep them in business. Or think of it as keeping some people gainfully employed. With our economy being what it is, it would not surprise me if companies that manufacture fireworks are suffering. Or think of it as helping One Reel, a non profit, in keeping some employees to have this organized, instead of having to let them go because they don't need them due to the cancellation of the show. It's easy to pull out the homeless card, but who among us has not spent money on a latte at our favorite shop, or bought a little trinket, or gone out to eat. To those of you who bring out the homeless card you should look at yourselves first. If you really believe in your cause that much, just eat top ramen, don't go out and do anything, and donate the rest of your earnings to the poor. …and before you think I'm an insensitive… Read more »

pioggia
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pioggia

Why is it always one or the other? why cant we have fireworks AND help the homeless, replace the seawall, fund parks, whatever?

shirley
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shirley

seriously, who cares? Times are tough, lets feed people instead.

Stupid Hippie
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Stupid Hippie

I agree Orphelia, we need to feed the orphans not look at rockets exploding. What kind of message does it say to our kids:

“Hey look at that bright shinny thing in the sky!”

No!

Our kids must look in the gutter for inspiration not the skies. Celebrating our country's birth is so…..fascist!

Giving money to pay for fireworks is like saying “It's ok to rape” or “It's ok to let people starve to death”. So wrong. I'm so angry I need a bumpersticker….

“Ban the Rockets, feed the World…..Now!”

Stupid Hippie
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Stupid Hippie

I agree….just this week I saw money growing on trees in Fremont, it would be so easy to do everything if we picked the bills.

Name
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Name

If the general public felt that homeless people were working to help themselves out of being homeless, I am sure you would see a similar response.

Its a circle of distrust that the money would do any good to help the homeless. When I offer food, 50% of the time, they don't accept it – they just want cash presumably for something other than food! At least with this, I know there will be some result!

I do hope the TV channels that broadcast the fireworks put some money in as they will sell advertising in between segments of the fireworks.

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

Wanna bet all the people complaining about PRIVATE money (you know, what you call “my sh*t”) on this event would have no problem with PUBLIC money being spent on the Fremont Solstice Parade.

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

Wow, you need to travel a little, pretty much most countries like to celebrate their birth, some even use fireworks.

ABtm
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ABtm

Gee, I did not know that. Thank you for educating an untraveled, ignorant hick. Now that I understand that fireworks are a good thing because other countries use them, I'm sending in my donation.

ABtm
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ABtm

Now, that's a leap. Could you elaborate, please, on your logic?

NoraBell
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NoraBell

The solstice parade opens up for the Fremont fair, and a portion of the proceeds from the fair go to a number of non-profits, mainly Solid Ground.

ophelia_wso
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ophelia_wso

Good to know. Solid Ground (and Family Works) do such good work in our community.

Barfly
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Barfly

Don't send anything, you're too happy being a killjoy.

What's next on things you hate in Seattle, the hydrostatic and Blue Angels?

Yawn…….

Chris
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Chris

What amazes me most is that you can raise that amount of money in 24 hours for something as useless as fireworks, yet non-profits who bust their asses for every dollar and don't receive much of anything in kind would never seen a windfall like this.

Maybe someday we can celebrate this countries birthday by feeding it's citizens. Our homeless, including all those teenage runaways who need a meal, or single mothers living in shelters.

Don't be a Republican or Democrat on this (because that's the undertone from these comments), try being a human being. Can the selfish attitudes because most of us are one paycheck away from homelessness, and you'd want someone's generosity too.

So hooray for monumental waste that supposedly celebrates what makes this country great!

Dweezil
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Dweezil

I have no problem with private individuals/businesses spending half a million dollars on 20minutes worth of entertainment.

It is nice to know how much this event costs as it allows a little perspective when I am about to complain about the city spending half a million dollars on project x or y.

ophelia_wso
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ophelia_wso

redorgreen “To those of you who bring out the homeless card you should look at yourselves first.”

I agree. I walk the walk. I am an Assaulted Women and Children's advocate and have been in this field for 8+ years. I am also a survivor of abuse. I see the need for funding every single day. To cross reference homelessness and abuse, just look in the area of domestic violence. (not including child abuse, rape, gender violence)

As for your comment “If you really believe in your cause that much, just eat top ramen, don't go out and do anything, and donate the rest of your earnings to the poor.”

I commend you for volunteering in your community.

I don't work in this field for the money, nor do the majority of people I know. We don't make a lot of money and many live at the poverty line. Perhaps, something to reflect on; where we place our priorities as a society.

It's disheartening to read such comments that are attacking and hurtful towards people simply trying to raise awareness and education in the area of abuse.

ophelia_wso
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ophelia_wso

Where there is doubt as to where you money goes when donating directly, choose a non-profit to better allocate funding to programs that WILL create positive change in the community.

ABtm
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ABtm

I think you mean “hydroplanes”. Perhaps a bit less drinking before noon would help.

Name
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Name

Why don't the non profits that are seeking donations stand at the entrance to the park on 4th of July with donations jars? People can enjoy the entertainment and donate if they so choose.

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