Andersons come to aid of fireworks show
DARIUS AND SARAH ANDERSON and their 18-month-old son, Tyge, visited with firefighters after making a sizable donation to save this year's fireworks show. From left are, Bob Molesworth, Mike Bruno, Bill Harper, Darius Anderson, Sarah Anderson holding Tyge, Kyle Lely and Trevor Smith.
Darius and Sarah Anderson have come to the rescue and bailed out this year's Fourth of July fireworks show in Sonoma.
The Andersons donated $10,000 so the show could go on.
Earlier this month, the Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters Association sought community support for a budget deficit for this years fireworks event.
While the Andersons' donation was the largest, it wasn't the only donation the firefighters received.
"The overwhelming support from the members of the community was very impressive. We are honored that the shows continued existence in our community is as important to the individuals that made donations, as it is to us," said Trevor Smith, a spokesman for the firefighters. "However, we would like to personally thank Darius and Sarah Anderson for their generous donation of $10,000. This donation came just in time to secure the actual firework product for the 2011 show. Because of this donation this years event promises to be as exciting and dynamic as we have come to expect."
Smith said fundraising for the annual display occurs year round. The biggest push for donations always begins the day of the event. Attendees of the fireworks show are encouraged to make donations to fire department members who will be walking the crowds with empty boots as well as donation jars (in the shape of rockets) placed near the launch site.
"Annually, after the event, we send out a mailer to members of the community seeking donations. With the timing of our most recent request we would like to clarify to the community that we will be asking for more donations soon that will fund the 2012 show. Additionally, any money that has been donated this year in excess of current needs will be added to the fund for the next year's event," Smith added.