Fund-raising nearly complete for fireworks

Sean C. Morgan

The Sweet Home Volunteer Firefighters Association is nearly done raising funds for this year’s fireworks display after a fund-raising dinner at the A&W Restaurant.

A&W split proceeds from the dinner on May 12 with the association, and A&W servers donated their tips, raising some $1,600, said association President Chris Forum. That’s a lot better than last year’s.

“The other big thing that comes in for fireworks is the Jamboree breakfast,” Forum said, referring to the group’s annual pancake breakfast served in its parking lot each morning of the country music festival.

The firefighters are trying to raise about $5,500 to pay for the fireworks display held at Foster Lake on Sportsman’s Holiday, July 12.

They’re not quite there yet, but they’re in a better position than last year at this point, Forum said. Everyone has stepped up last year and this year. He thanked A&W, the owners Josh and Pattie Hankins and the staff.

“We are dang near there already with the donations and this A&W fund-raiser,” Forum said. Firefighter Wes Strubhar has already started working on procuring necessary permits and with the seven different agencies involved – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Oregon Marine Board, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sweet Home Public Works, Linn County Parks and Sweet Home Police Department.

The firefighters are continuing to accept donations, Forum said. “If we get $6,500 or $7,000, it doesn’t mean we’ll shoot it all off and not plan for next year.”

Extra funding will help fund next year’s fireworks display, he said. Donations may be given at the Fire Hall, 1099 Long St. On checks, the memo line should say “fireworks.”

The event will be similar to the past few years, Forum said, although the Firefighters Association is working with other agencies to address issues last year along with parking arrangements.