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July 4th Fireworks Fundraising 'Slower than Usual'

Dozens gathered at the Perry Hall Batter's Box to raise funds for fireworks.

July 4th Fireworks Fundraising 'Slower than Usual' July 4th Fireworks Fundraising 'Slower than Usual'

Packed into  on Belair Road, they hailed from Perry Hall, Parkville and everywhere in between. 

"Where would the Fourth of July be without fireworks?" asked Jim Nossel, who attended the sports bar fundraiser Wednesday night.

Through raffle tickets and a portion of the food and drink receipts, the planning committee hoped to earn about $1,000 toward the annual Fullerton Fourth of July Fireworks, event coordinator Rick Swinder said. 

Now in its 49th year, the fireworks display costs about $30,000 to organize. Fundraising events will continue through the spring and summer. 

Event funds are provided entirely by donation—no government money is used, Swinder said. "We'd love the county to give us funds, but they're cutting, cutting, cutting." 

State Sen. Kathy Klausmeier was one of many local politicians who attended the event. She also serves on the Fullerton fireworks committee through Allied Community Services Inc.

Klausmeier said she was optimistic, although fundraising was "coming along slower than usual." 

donated a few hours as a guest bartender during the fundraiser. "It's for a good cause," Smith said. 

Jack Ryan of the Jack Ryan Band, who helped rescue a family of six from a 2009 Perry Hall house fire, also donated a classic rock performance to the event. 

For those who couldn't attend the fundraiser, donation buckets will remain at Batter's Box and other local business until July 4, Klausmeier said.

Information on additional fundraising events can be found on the  Fullerton fireworks organization website.

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