Groups pledge support for fireworks

DOWNEY - Three local service clubs and "many" residents have offered monetary support for the city's recently-approved July 4 fireworks show, city officials have announced.The Downey Optimist Club, the morning Kiwanis Club, and Soroptimist International of Downey have each pledged $1,000 to help offset the show's $50,000 cost, said Mark Sauter, deputy city manager for emergency preparedness and organizer of the event. Several other sponsorship commitments are pending, he said, adding that many residents have made sponsorships of $100. All donations are tax-deductible, Sauter said. Residents or community groups interested in becoming a show sponsor can call City Administration at (562) 904-6107. Local youth sports teams are also encouraged to contact Community Services if they are interested in playing exhibition games during the daylong event. Team organizers should call (562) 904-7128 for more information. Downey volunteer groups interested in hosting a food booth should call (562) 904-7238 for information. The event will include games, a park ribbon-cutting ceremony, carnival games, jumpers, food booths, live music and a fireworks show. The event begins at 10 a.m. and culminates with the 9 p.m. fireworks display.

********** Published: June 12, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 8