By Pat Jenkins
Organizers of Eatonville’s annual Independence Day celebration say the event is about $4,000 short of having enough money to be held July 3-4.
Unless the fund-raising goal is met, there may not be a fireworks show or other free activities over the two-day event, said Audrey Thompson, who is one of the event’s coordinators.
The celebration has a $9,000 budget. All of that, including the $4,000 still to be raised, is needed to pay for the professsional pyrotechnics display and related expenses, including insurance, Thompson said.
The event has been in similar financial shortfalls in the final months leading up to it in past years, and each time the funding gap was closed in time.
“People have always come through in other years, and we’re hoping they will again this year so we can keep this tradition going,” said Thompson, owner of Thompson’s Licensing Agency.
Donations (make checks payable to Eatonville Community Celebration) can be made by mail at P.O. Box 1086, Eatonville, WA 98328, or in-person at Thompson’s Licensing Agency and All About You Salon. Both businesses are in Eatonville.
Part of the fund-raising is a raffle of a 2000 Volvo passenger car. The vehicle is parked in the Bruno’s restaurant parking lot, with a sign on it trumpeting “Win Me” in the hope of enticing raffle ticket sales to passersby at the town’s intersection of Washington Avenue and Center Street.
The owners of Bruno’s donated the car, and Eatonville Collision and Eatonville Auto donated work on it to make it an even better deal than the $1 apiece raffle tickets being sold at Bruno’s, Eatonville Auto, Thompson’s Licensing Agency and All About Me Salon.
Plans for this year’s celebration include all the attractions of previous years, including inflated bouncy toys for kids.