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Two youngsters honored for raising donations for Batavia fireworks show

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia will have a Fourth of July fireworks show thanks in part to the efforts of two Alice Gustafson Elementary School students.

The Batavia City Council on Monday honored Rachel and Matthew Rempert, who raised $800 in donations through their school. The city’s Fourth of July fireworks show, now in its 63rd year, is funded solely through private donations.

“I want to thank you for stepping forward and really showing some quality citizenship,” Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said to the two of them as he presented them with certificates of congratulations.

In February, the Batavia Access Fireworks Committee announced it had to raise $50,000 by May 1 or the show would be canceled. Fourth Ward Alderman Susan Stark, who is on the committee, said Monday that close to $30,000 has been raised, but it has enough to pay for the fireworks.

“We do need food vendors and volunteers,” Stark said.

Donations may be made by going to the fireworks committee’s website, www.bataviafireworks.org.

There will also will be a fireworks fundraiser event, “Keep It Sparkling,” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 13 at K. Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Road. The event will feature silent auctions, samplings from local restaurants and live music.

Tickets are $20 in advance, available at www.bataviafireworks.org.

“We’re hoping to sell 200 tickets and raise $4,000,” Stark said.

Schielke said surrounding communities are envious the Batavia fireworks show continues to be funded through private donations.

“We have I think something really special going here,” he said.

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