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Selissen: No Fireworks In Tewksbury This July 4

President of the Friends of the Patriotic Activities Committee says fundraising and donations are way down this year.

Jerry Selissen, president of the Friends of the Patriotic Activities Committee, announced on Friday that there would be no fireworks display in Tewksbury on the Fourth of July.

"The money's just not there," said Selissen, who said the group's board voted not to fund the fireworks at their meeting Thursday, March 8. "We're down about $16,000 this year."

The FOTPAC is a non-profit group, which has raised money to fund the , and the

Selissen said corporate and individual contributions have both dropped significantly and the recent "Big Bang Bash" only brought in around $2,000.

Selissen said the group would continue to fund the Memorial Day Parade and Veterans Day celebration.

"We're absolutely committed to those events," he said. "The botom line is we just haven't been able to generate the revenue and something had to give."

The FOTPAC has funded the events through private donations and fundraisers for the past five years. They took over that effort after the Patriotic Activities Committee had its funding from the town eliminated.

Who Me? March 12, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I thought the big bang party was about the 4th of July Fireworks. I didn't know that the Memorial Day Parade was involved as well. If you need to be paid to march for Memorial Day then you are more interested in money than the sacrifices of our Vets, just my 2 cents. No one should be paid to march, no one. Down size the day's program and skip the parade if people want to profit from it. Now, the Fireworks. I have donated in the past to them as well as the Town's Xmas lights and other special projects so I ain't just flapping my gums. Even though I am always away on the 4th I would be more than happy to contribute again. If I could be allowed a suggestion here. What about a roll of the dice.... Take what money you have so far and go fishing with it. Send a mass mailing to all residents with an attractive flyer, and a stamped envelope, along with a letter asking all to take a few minutes to drop a check in the mail to keep the Tewksbury Fireworks going. You invest some cash and I'll wager get more in return. Second, enlist the help of a Bank, or perhaps the Tewksbury Employees Credit Union, to set up an account where folks can contribute on-line. Post this on Tewksbury Patch as well as Tewksbury Issues and again the numbers should be good. Get the word out there, this Town can scrape up 20K easy. Gotta go........need another cup of decaf............................
Jerry Selissen March 12, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Alex: I don't know who you are or WHAT you are talking about. If you would like to discuss please feel free to call me at 978-500-1662. For all others, if you are interested in helping out and not afraid of some work feel free to join us at the VFW on Thursday April 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the VFW. We are more than open to new people and new ideas.
Maureen Castiglione March 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM
There is a mailing that goes to every residence EVERY year which includes a flyer with 4 or 5 different groups on it (Friends of the Library, Tewksbury Food Pantry, us etc). Those have generated the bare minimum in contributions. We have promoted -- and advertised -- and publicized -- endlessly. Every event is in the Crier, on the Patch, on TI, on FaceBook, on the bulletin board in town center, on town cable, and our website. Depending on their space restrictions, we can usually make it into the Sun if they have the column room. For the last two years Liberty Mutual has offered $10,000 to the town who gets the most votes in on an online contest. And for the last two years I've tried endlessly to get people to take the quiz (via FaceBook, TI, Patch, Crier, Sun, various e-mail distribution lists). Guess what? Wilmington has won it 2 years in a row now. But you can bet I'll be at it again this year when the contest starts again. Maybe we might actually *win* this year. A girl can hope, can't she? Bottom line is please put your money where your mouth is. Get involved -- and not just by posting online. Come to a meeting. Join the committee.
Alex Ro March 13, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Melissa, high school bands from other towns get paid to march in our parade. I heard last it was like $1,000 per band and now I heard that they also want the costs of uniforms to be covered too. I am not sure on the others though like Shriners etc.
bk March 13, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I agree. Fireworks is a waste of money. I would rather contribute to something long lasting and have a better utility for the greater good. --BK

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