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Fourth of July fund nears $47K

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BANGOR With less than a week to go before the annual Independence Day parade and fireworks celebration, contributors closed in on this year goal of $49,000 with over $8,000 in donations last week.

Led by a $7,500 donation by Bangor Federal Credit Union, donors stepped up to the plate to fund the additional cost of this year's fireworks guaranteed to be the largest display in Maine and allow organizers to carry forward funds for next year after a devastating embezzlement at the hands of its former treasurer.

'I truly appreciate the help we've received from the community, which has made this event not only possible but also the largest fireworks display in the state,' Bernatche said. 'It will be able to provide the greater Bangor area with an entire day of Independence Day celebrations and entertainment.'

New this year are children's activities at the concert site, including bounce houses donated by The Maine Jump. The bounce houses will be available to those who have donated to gain admission to the concert venue. The requested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under. All proceeds from the concert event go to charity.

Editor's Note:

To help the 4th of July Corporation reach its goal of $49,000 for this year's event, business and individuals may still make a contribution to this wonderful community event by sending your check or money order payable to the 4th of July Corporation, C/O The Maine Edge, P.O. Box 2639, Bangor, ME, 04402-2639.

Complete list of donors as of July 2:

Awards, Signage & Trophies $ 25

Marla Saliba $ 25

Ronald Mixon $25

Sweet Stuff Fine Chocolates $25

Bangor Humane Society $50

Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration $50

Guy L. Baker $50

Lawn Buddy $50

Peter & Rosa Caristi $50

K.L. Miner $50

Kah Bang $50

Lanham Blackwell PA $50

Penobscot Democratic Committee $50

Bagel Central $125 

Bangor Savings Bank $125 

Black Bear Inn $125

Days Inn $125 

Econo Lodge $125 

Fireside Inn & Suites $125

Greenway Equiptment $125 

Hero's Sports Grill $125 

Lane Construction $125 

NH Bragg $125

Oriental Jade $125 

Quality Inn $125 

Bangor Glass $250 

Bernatche Auto Body $250 

Bob Dalton Team $250 

Brogue Insurance $250 

Central Maine Wireless $250 

Eagle Crest Riverview Motel $250 

Frenchie's Famous Franks $250

Links $250 

Miller Drug $250 

PDQ Door $250 

Penobscot Cleaning $250 $250 

Rudman Winchell $250 

Sutherland Weston $250 

UPS Store $250 

WBRC $250 

Brewer Motor Inn $500 

Cornwell Tools $500 

Hampden Kiwanis $500

Maine Savings FCU $500 

Oxford Networks $500 

Bangor Kiwanis $1,000

Breakfast Kiwanis $1,000

Brewer Kiwanis $1,000

Cyr Bus $1,000

Darling's $1,000

Hollywood Casino $1,000

Orono Old Town Kiwanis $1,000

Van Syckle $1,000

City of Brewer $2,000

C & L Aero Space $2,500

Webbs RV $2,500

City of Bangor $5,000

Quirk Auto $5,000

WABI TV 5 $5,000

Bangor Federal Credit Union $7,500


Atlantic Communications in-kind

Maine Equip & Party Rental in-kind

Maine Jump in-kind

Bangor Letter Shop in-kind

St. Joseph Hospital in-kind

Bangor Motorsports in-kind

Fireside Inn & Suites in-kind

Getchell Brothers in-kind


Total raised thus far: $46,050

Needed to reach goal: $  2,920


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