PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release
Contact: Jana Holden | 808.841.4558 | email Jana@holdenhospitalsupply.com
Kailua Fireworks Update
Donations Needed from Businesses and Individuals Now or another year without Fireworks
Kailua Fireworks Commemorative T shirts on sale Sunday at I Love Kailua event
April 24, 2013- Kailua, Hawaii
“We are desperately looking to Kailua businesses and individuals for financial contributions. We’ve raised $10,000 so far and need at least another $50,000 by end of June or the Fireworks fizzles again this year after years and years of tradition here in Kailua, ” explains Jana Holden, Fireworks committee member. “Our progress has been slow due to lack of corporate sponsorships.”
Holden and the Fireworks committee is certain that Kailua can bring this tradition back but it will take all the residents and businesses in Kailua to make the effort and search theirs bank account for $20, $50, $100, $200, $500. “We don’t need the tens of thousands of dollars invested in the past by local businesses if everyone makes a small effort, says Holden. “We encourage our Kailua businesses to please give even a small amount to support the community that supports them all year round, rather than nothing at all.”
For the first time in the event’s history, commemorative tshirts are on sale as part of the fundraising effort. 2013 Fireworks tshirts will be on sale for $20 each at the I Love Kailua event, Sunday, April 27th in front of Lanikai Bath and Body located in the Kailua Shopping Center (600 Kailua Road, across Kailua Road from Macy’s). All proceeds will go toward funding the Fireworks show.
Donations can also be made online and in one of the many donation boxes in Kailua town (list below). Check donations can be made to Kailua Fireworks and mailed to Kailua Fireworks, 600 Kailua Road, No. 119, Kailua Hawaii 96734. Credit cards are accepted through Pay Pal at our website www.kailuafireworks.com.
The Kailua Fireworks Committee is also looking for committed individuals willing to help fundraising efforts to keep the long standing 65 year tradition of 4th of July Fireworks in Kailua.
COLLECTION BOX LOCATIONS: AGNES BAKE SHOP, BANK OF HAWAII, BOB’S PIZZERIA, BOSTON PIZZA, CACTUS, FAT BOY’S, KALAPAWAI MARKET, KALAPAWAI CAFÉ AND DELI, LANIKAI GENERAL STORE, LANIKAI HOME AND DESIGN, MORNING BREW, PALI BOTTLE SHOP, SAFEWAY – HAMAKUA, TIMES SUPERMARKET, KAILUA HARDWARE, UAHI GRILL
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jody Sakaba | 679-7121 | email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kailua Fireworks Hopes to relaunch 65-year Neighborhood Tradition after Fizzle in 2012
New Group formed to raise $70,000 for 4th of July Celebration in Kailua Town.
Donations Needed from Businesses and Individuals Now.
Kailua, Hawaii, February 22, 2013 - Community volunteers have formed a new organization and are committed to bringing the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration back to Kailua in 2013. Kailua Fireworks is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2012 for the sole purpose of raising funds for and putting on an annual firework display on Kailua Bay.
“For 65 years we’ve celebrated Independence Day with a 4th of July fireworks show here in Kailua,” explains Brook Gramann, who’s spearheaded fundraising efforts in past years. “In 2008, Kailua businesses and residents joined forces to continue the tradition after we learned the Kailua Chamber of Commerce would be discontinuing sponsorship of the event.” It became increasingly difficult to raise funds for the event so for just the second or third time in Kailua’s history, the 4th of July Fireworks celebration did not take place in 2012.
“The disappointment in the community led to the formation of the new group of volunteers to ensure that the cherished tradition will continue, beginning with July 4, 2013,” says Jody Sakaba, committee member and spokesperson for the group. “Kailua Fireworks will have all of the permits in place and is in the process of raising money.
“To really kick off the summer, our community counts on the 4th of July parade and the 4th of July fireworks. It's up to the community -- the businesses where we shop every day and the residents themselves ---to raise the money for the fireworks." Sakaba explains. $70,000 must be raised to put the show on. This includes funds for the fireworks, signage, road blocks and off duty police officers.
Business sponsors are being contacted now for donations. Individuals who would like to donate can donate online at www.kailuafireworks.com or by mail (checks can be sent to Kailua Fireworks, 600 Kailua Road, No. 119, Kailua, Hawaii 96734). Checks should be made out to Kailua Fireworks.
KAILUA's 4th OF JULY
Kailua Residents and why they love the 4th
“In 2009, we found out that there would be no fireworks on Kailua Bay. Like everyone else in Kailua, we assumed that the fireworks "just happened," Or were paid for by the Chamber. We found out that was not true. Although lots of people said it couldn’t be done, a small group of volunteers brought their professional skills to the table to make sure the fireworks happened. We accomplished this feat in less than three weeks,” explains Gramann.
In 2010, the group came together again, and the merchants and citizens of Kailua joined together for a magnificent fireworks display on Kailua Bay. Because of the group of volunteers and generous sponsors like there has been no interruption so far to Fireworks on our Bay. In 2011 we’re doing it again!
Checks should be made out to
And mailed to
600 Kailua Road No. 119
Kailua, Hawaii 96734
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