PEPPERELL -- With one month to go, Pepperell's Fourth of July Committee are $5,200 away from their goal of $32,000.
P4JC President Carol Gates says the '10 From a 1000' has been going strong, and she is hoping to get more support. If 1000 families donate $10 each, the cost of the fireworks is covered. With less than a month to go, the committee has a slew of events to close the gap.
The Poopapalooza Carnival is coming on Thursday, June 14 and will run until June 17 on the Town Field. Tickets for Cow Patty Bingo, to be held on June 16 at noon, are up for sale until the morning of the event and carnival vendor spaces are still available.
On June 24, Bailey's Bar & Grille in Townsend is holding a fundraiser and will donate 10 percent of all dining room, take out and bar sales to P4JC. Last week, Charlotte's Cozy Kitchen held a similar fundraiser.
"It was wonderful to see so many join us, a big thanks to all who've supported the fourth, without them and the local business' who support us all year there would be no celebration," Gates said.
Seven airborne fundraisers participated in Jump for the Fourth, which raised $1,482 for the parade. The event is in it's fourth year, and P4JC member Alycia Greenaway thanked Fran Strimenos from Skydive Pepperell for supporting the committee.
2012 'Small Town, Big Bang' t-shirts are available at McNabb General Store, Pepperell Family Pharmacy, Family Tree Day Care, the Covered Bridge Store or Advantage
For $50, businesses can display a banner or sign at the fireworks field on July 7.
Voting stations all over town for the parade's grand marshal close Friday evening. The nominees are Pam Mariano, Tracey Ezzio, and Jeff Cook. On Monday, June 18 the winner will be announced.
There is still room for parade participants as well, there is no charge to participate in the parade.
Volunteers who can help the day of with parade line-up, field set-up and on the morning of Sunday, July 8, field clean-up would be greatly appreciated too, Gates said.
Participation forms, donation contacts and any questions should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
P4JC is a seven member committee that works year-round to make the independence Day celebration possible. Gates said they are always looking for new members.
"The group of people on the P4JC is an amazing group of people who have given up not just some of their free time, but all of it to ensure Pepperell and all of our surrounding towns has the best of the best in this area," she said. "It has been a pleasure working so closely with all of them but, more importantly, I am honored to call them friends.
"Their commitment is amazing and inspiring."
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