Parade Will Go On,But More Funds Needed
Parade Will Go On,
But More Funds Needed
By Steve Bigham
Organizers this week said the Labor Day Parade will take place this year thanks to the support of local businesses and residents. But they still have a lot of fundraising to go before they can put on the kind of show people have become accustomed to.
The parade committee has raised $8,200 in recent weeks, bringing its total to $15,000. âItâs enough to say `yes, weâre going to be able to do the job,â but we need to continue. We need to raise another $10,000 to be able to say weâre all set as such,â announced parade committee treasurer Brian Amey this week.
The townâs annual parade is just two months away.
âI think weâll make it, but weâre counting on the people of Newtown to come through over the next 60 days,â said parade organizer Kim Stendahl.
The committee got a big lift this week when the Newtown Lions Club and Newtown Fish & Game Club each donated $500.
This year, the parade committee chose not to send out its annual fundraising mailer due to a shortage of funds. Instead, the committee has called on The Bee to help get the word out that it needs the support of residents and businesses in order to make the 41st annual Labor Day Parade a reality.
Last yearâs parade cost just over $24,000 to put on. Those popular bands that march each year come with a price tag, and that price continues to rise.
The parade committee has been printing a parade coupon in The Bee asking for donations. The coupon appears this week on page A-8.
Parade co-organizer Lisa Franze said Newtownâs Labor Day parades have gotten better and better each year with last yearâs event bringing to town the worldâs largest American flag.
âWe donât want to have to compromise the parade because we donât have enough money. Weâre asking people to step forward. Donât wait for letter because itâs not coming,â she said.
Mrs Stendahl said sheâs confident the people of Newtown will be there to lend a hand. âI know everybody loves the parade,â she said. âWeâre determined to make it happen again and again.â
To make a contribution, send a check made out to âNewtown Labor Day Paradeâ to Fleet Bank, c/o Brian Amey, 6 Queen Street, Newtown, CT 06470.