Fireworks fund drive $3,000 shy of group’s goal

by Jim Boyle


The Elk River community is hungry for an Independence Day celebration and another spectacular fireworks show, judging by the turnout at this past Sunday’s pancake breakfast and fund raiser.

The Elk River Independence Day Committee, with the help of several community groups, served 250 people and cleared $1,874 after expenses were paid.

That pushed the group’s fund-raising efforts past the $10,000 mark that day and nearly another $2,000 came in this past week, leaving the group about $3,000 shy of its goal to purchase a $15,000 fireworks show like it did last year.

The Elk River 2011 Independence Day Committee is closing in on our goal to raise $20,000 for an awesome 4th of July event, but we need the help of citizens like you. Members of citizen-led committee want to see at least a $15,000 fireworks show at th every least match the success of last year's show They have distributed donation containers to the following businesses, which have graciously agreed to put them out for us. Feel free to drop off a donation at one of the participating local banks and restaurants. One $20 donation covers the average cost of a fireworks launch. Look for the Donation container marked for the Celebration. Here are the locations: • The Bank of Elk River Walmart, 18185 Zane St. N.W., Elk River Main Street, 630 Main St., Elk River School Street, 846 Freeport Ave., Elk River, MN 55330 • First National Bank Main St. Office, 812 Main Street N.W., Elk River Elk Park Center, 19157 Freeport Ave., Elk River • Central Bank, 17267 Yale St. N.W., Elk River • Greater Minnesota Credit Union, 17035 Yale Court N.W., Elk River • Daddy-O's, 709 Main St. N.W., Elk River • Denny's of Otsego, 9020 Quaday Ave., N.E., Otsego • Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, 18838 Dodge Street N.W., Elk River There are other ways to contribute to this drive. Supporters can: • Send donation checks (or drop them off) at Star News, 506 Freeport Avenue N.W., Elk River, MN 55330. Make checks payable to the "Elk River American Legion" and put "4th of July" in the memo. • Visit McCoy's Pub & Sunshine Depot and become a 'Star' for Elk River. For a donation of $1 (or more if you are feeling generous) you can purchase a star to put up in your name or to honor others and contribute to the Independence Day Celebration. • Click on the Paypal link to donate online. Our website is

The group will soon have to place its fireworks order, so members of the citizen-led committee are making its final pushes.

The size of the show will be determined by how much citizens, community organizations and the business community contribute.

Donations from businesses started to roll in last week and they continue to come in to the Star News office, where they are being collected before being deposited into the Elk River American Legion’s Coffee Account.

Committee members reported hearing lots of positive comments at this past weekend’s pancake breakfast about last year’s event and fireworks show at Lions Park in Elk River. Many also talked about the importance of the holiday and were happy to see various groups working together.

Mike Beyer, the vice commander of the Legion,  and the Sons of the American Legion prepared the breakfast.

The Sons organization also contributed an amount to cover half of the expenses of the meal. These are the same folks that put on Friday night dinners at the Elk River American Legion.

Boy Scouts from Troop 111 helped out in the kitchen and dining area, and members DECA, an association of marketing students at Elk River High School, helped in the dining area and by putting flyers on cars in local church parking lots.

The Harley Owners Group made a splash, showing up dressed in green for a ride they were heading out on to the New London-Spicer area. About two dozen motorcyclists ate breakfast before heading out.

Elk River Mayor John Dietz was one of the first to come to the breakfast to show his support of the event.

The Eagles Club is also planning a fund raiser again this year. (Watch for more details.) That group raised $900 last year.

There are also donation bins out at some local banks and restaurants.


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