Flag-waving fundraisers seek $15K for annual fireworks spectacle

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Liberty Ladies Marilyn Pentico, left, and Cheri Scheib are free to receive cash donations at the corner of Willis Avenue and Second Street for the 2016 Fourth of July fireworks display.

The Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce launched its 2016 Fourth of July fireworks drive this week, with help from liberty-loving volunteers and sponsors in the business community.

Chamber volunteers will be found all day Thursday at the corner of Willis Avenue and Second Street collecting cash donations for this Independence Day celebration. Eagles flying early can also make cash donations between 5-8 a.m. at the Perry Hy-Vee and receive a complimentary cup of Freedom Coffee.

Patriots with a sweet tooth will also be pleased again this year, according to Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Wilson.

“Don’t fear,” said Wilson. “We will continue the pie auction tradition.”

The tradition involves auctioning donated pies.

Eat freedom with a pie baked with money.
Eat freedom with a money-baked pie from the fireworks pie auction.

“There will be eight to 10 pies baked by our favorite Perry pie makers,” Wilson said. “Make sure to tune in to your favorite radio station to snatch up your favorite pie all while supporting this great event. Join in for some fun, laughter and community.”

The Chamber hopes to raise $15,000 for the Independence Day spectacle at Pattee Park.

“If you thought last year’s display was a bit lackluster, this is your chance to make it better this year,” Wilson said. “The more money we raise, the more we spend.”

Do it for America.
Do it for America.

Two Perry-area grocery stores, Fareway and Hy-Vee, will contend patriotically for donated fireworks dollars in a “Round Up” contest running through April 16.

“When you are checking out at either store, you can round up your total to whatever amount you desire,” Wilson explained, “and that will go toward the 2016 fireworks.”

Wilson said Americans unable to donate in person can contact the Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce by email at perrychamber@perryia.org or call the Chamber offices at 515-465-4601 to make a pledge.

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