Local Rotary Holds Fundraiser For July 4 Fireworks
It’s never too soon to make Fourth of July plans—especially if you’re the Saugatuck-Douglas Chapter of Rotary International, asked by the City of Saugatuck to take charge of this year’s holiday fireworks and parade.
Members of the second-year service club chapter hope to raise $10,000 for the 2013 pyrotechnics and that everyone not only loves, but will want to join, the parade.
A July 4 Fireworks Celebration Cruise on the Star of Saugatuck Thursday, June 20, will help raise funds for the sky show. Boarding will start at 6:15 p.m., with the boat ride from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Tickets cost $20 and include the cruise plus hors d’ouevres donated by Clearbrook, Everyday People Café, Hercules, The Mermaid, Phil’s, Spectators, Wild Dog and Zing restaurants and club members. A cash bar will be available.
Tickets may be purchased at Button-Petter Gallery, 161 N. Blue Star Hwy., Douglas, during open hours; from Rotary members or by mailing checks containing the memo “Fireworks Cruise” to the Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary Club, P.O. Box 211, Douglas, MI 49406.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to help pay for the Independence Day fireworks through the Rotary District 6360 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Make checks payable to Saugatuck-Douglas Fireworks 6360 Foundation and mail to the address above.
With Linda Kinnaman retiring after 20 years coordinating the parade, club volunteers hope to carry on that celebration too.
Saugatuck resident and Allegan County District Court Judge Bill Baillargeon will serve as grand marshal of a July 4 procession including floats, bands, displays and more representing civic groups, businesses, individuals and others.
Lineup will start at 1:30 p.m. outside Saugatuck High School, 401 Elizabeth St., Saugatuck, with the parade advancing from there through downtown Saugatuck at 2 p.m.
Want to take part? Call Howard Rochte at (269) 857-1535.