WALLINGFORD — Local businesses and community members have pledged more than $35,000 to pay for the town's annual Fourth of July fireworks show.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, beginning at dusk, near the grounds of Sheehan High School.
Since 2016, Town Council Chairman Vincent Cervoni has spearheaded the effort to raise money for the fireworks celebration, which is not funded through the town budget. Town Councilors Craig Fishbein and Jason Zandri previously had raised money, but stopped after 2015.
A group of 12 donors pledged a total of $35,775 toward this year’s event, according to a memo Cervoni sent to the mayor and Town Council last week. The donations cover pyrotechnics, police and fire departments overtime costs and portable toilets.
Live Nation, which owns the Toyota Oakdale Theatre, pledged $8,000, the same amount the company donated last year. Ulbrich Specialty Metals, Choate Rosemary Hall and Marshall Ruben & Carolyn Greenspan each pledged $5,000, same as last year. Mike Kolakowski, president and CEO of KBE Building Corp., donated $5,000.
Other donors include the Latimer Group ($2,000), Masonicare ($2,000), United Concrete ($1,500), Gaylord Hospital ($1,000), Wallingford Buick ($1,000), Masonic Temple Corp. ($250) and Robin and Tom Corrigan ($25).
The memo stated that in addition to these pledges, Dan and Holly Lajoie, who sold Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream at last year’s fireworks, pledged $200 from the profits of last year’s sales. Jennifer Wilson, a Cook Hill Elementary School kindergarten teacher, is working with the K-Kids club to raise money as well.