Huntington Woods looking for help raising money for future Fourth of July fireworks

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published June 24, 2019

 Organizers of the fireworks show in Huntington Woods are hoping to raise money to continue the annual tradition in the coming years. This year’s show will take place as planned.

Organizers of the fireworks show in Huntington Woods are hoping to raise money to continue the annual tradition in the coming years. This year’s show will take place as planned.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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HUNTINGTON WOODS — Fireworks in the city will go on as planned this year, but organizers are worried that if they don’t come up with more money, they might not be able to put on the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Rackham Golf Course in the future.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched in hopes to raise money for future fireworks shows in Huntington Woods. In the past decade, the city has held an annual Run/Walk BOOM 1-mile & 5K event to raise money for the Fourth of July pyrotechnics, but Parks and Recreation Director Mary Gustafson said it has been harder as of late.

“We’re finding that the run, and in most places, runs aren’t attracting as many people as they used to,” she said. “There’s so many runs out there. So the revenue we’re bringing in from the run is not as much as in the past, so we’re hoping that the GoFundMe, that’s gonna kick it.”

Gustafson said the fundraiser gives everyone an opportunity to help keep the fireworks show going.

“It’s not just people from Huntington Woods that watch the fireworks,” she said. “It’s people from all over. If everybody gave two bucks, five bucks, we would have no problem raising the funds.”

City Commissioner Michelle Elder remembered visiting Huntington Woods with her husband to see his family, who lived in the city, and watch the fireworks.

“We’d come to his mom’s house even when I was a really young adult, and come for Fourth of July and stay for fireworks,” she said. “It’s absolutely a part of … making memories and having roots here.”

Elder said she also fondly remembers enjoying the Fourth of July celebrations with her newborn daughter and being around family and how special it made everything.

“It really just made me fall in love with the city, even before we even bought a house here,” she said. “I think it’s a really important part of that entire day, and it’s what people look forward to.”

Gustafson said there is no worry that the fireworks will go off this year, and the city is committed to lighting them up.

“It’s not like we’re going to be canceling if we don’t get money right now, but we do need money going forward to help supplement what we’re making on the run,” she said.

The money for this year’s show was carried over from funds raised at last year’s  Run/Walk BOOM and with help from the Huntington Woods Men’s Club.

“They helped offset some of our expenses for different things; that was all earmarked for this year,” Gustafson said. “What we’re looking for is if we want this to continue, we need to have funding coming in, and if we don’t, we’re not going to be able to continue with the fireworks going forward.”

To donate, people can visit www.gofundme.com/HWFireworks.

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