PEPPERELL -- With one month to go, Pepperell's Fourth of July Committee is $5,200 away from its goal of $32,000.
Pepperell Fourth of July Committee President Carol Gates says the "10 from a 1,000" campaign has been going strong, and she is hoping to get more support. If 1,000 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 running June 14 through June 17 on the Town Field. Tickets for Cow Patty Bingo, to be held Saturday 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 the Pepperell Fourth of July Committee. 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 businesses 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 its fourth year, and Pepperell Fourth of July Committee 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
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 this evening. The nominees are Pam Mariano, Tracey Ezzio and Jeff Cook. The winner will be announced on Monday.
There is still room for parade participants as well. There is no charge to participate in the parade.
Volunteers who can help with parade lineup, field setup and field clean-up in the morning on Sunday, July 8, would be greatly appreciated too, Gates said.
Participation forms, donation contacts and any questions should be emailed to email@example.com.
Pepperell Fourth of July Committee 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 Pepperell Fourth of July Committee 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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