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Fireworks show in need of more funds

Published: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – This year’s Fourth of July fireworks show might be canceled unless organizers can raise $50,000.

The city’s Fourth of July fireworks are funded solely through private donations. The show costs $40,000 to put on, said Mark Davis, chairman of the Batavia Fireworks Committee.

“We need to raise more than that in case of cost overruns,” Davis said. “All of the reserves we had have been depleted. We’re down to almost nothing. The last four or five years we’ve been dipping into the reserves to keep the show going.”

Davis said the committee has had to use the reserves because donations and sponsorships have been down the last few years.

The committee will discuss the issue more at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Open Range Southwest Grill, 35 N. Water St. in downtown Batavia. The committee is also in need of more volunteers, and Davis welcomed anyone interested to attend the meeting.

To raise money for the fireworks show, Batavia’s firefighters and police officers will take on Batavia’s teachers in the fourth annual Books vs. Badges basketball game on March 10 at Batavia High School, 1201 Main St.

The game will start at 5 p.m., and tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for seniors and children.

Donations can also be made by Batavia Fireworks Committee and sent to the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia, or going to

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