Fireworks funding falls $10K short
The Sonoma Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association is looking at a $10,000 shortfall for this year's July 4 fireworks display, which means it may not be able to put on the caliber of fireworks show that the community has come to expect.
Joe Boldt, who coordinates the fireworks show, said a poor economy and rising costs are responsible for the $10,000 shortfall that could result in a show of diminished quality - or even a cancellation of this year's event.
The annual fireworks display in conjunction with the city's annual parade is an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy a full day of events and activities.
"Local businesses within our community do a wonderful job handling the influx of consumers to ensure the events are fun and enjoyable. Any diminished quality in our fireworks display, or worse the cancellation of this event, will definitely have an impact on our local economy," Boldt said.
The Sonoma Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association has been responsible for the annual fireworks display for more than 30 years. The organization is made up of community residents who volunteer to work for the fire department. Volunteers have independently taken classes and have undergone the rigorous process of becoming licensed pyrotechnicians.
"These members donate their time and skills to the community allowing us to produce a quality event at a significantly reduced cost. The Sonoma Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association doesn't make any profit from the event, it's simply a way of giving back to the community, its members and our local economy," Boldt said.
Sonoma residents, business owners, family, friends and other supporters can help continue this Sonoma tradition by making an affordable donation to the Sonoma Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association at 630 Second St. W., Sonoma, CA 95476.
The firefighters also accept donations by credit card on its website at www.svfra.org/fireworks.html.