February 16

One Reel needs $150K+ for fireworks by March 1



The Family 4th fireworks at Gas Works Park, an event that almost didn’t happen last year, once again urgently needs donor support for the show to go on.

Last month nonprofit One Reel, which organizes the Family 4th at Lake Union, announced that $300,000 had been raised from last year’s key sponsors, including Starbucks and Microsoft, and $200,000 was still needed. One Reel now says they still need to raise more than $150,000 by March 1.

Our news partner The Seattle Times reported last night that only about 70 percent of the event’s full budget has been secured, according to Aubbie Beal, One Reel’s associate director.

“We have really great confidence in this community that people are going to step up,” Beal told the Times. “I’m not alarmed.”

Restaurateur Tom Douglas, who kicked off last year’s whirlwind 24-hour fireworks fundraiser with KIRO radio talk show host Dave Ross, told the Times that he’s donated $5000 once again and would talk to One Reel today about launching another campaign. “I’ve put my amount in, and I’d love for people to join me,” Douglas said.

Anyone may make a donation by visiting family4th.org; a list of donors is at family4th.org/thanks.php.

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