I just talked to 4th of July Parade Organizer Patty Hitchcock. She said she’ll pull the plug on this year’s parade if organizers can’t raise at least $14,400 by Monday. That would give them $25,000 — not enough to hold a parade, but enough to at least pay deposits for parade vendors, she said. Last year’s parade cost nearly $60,000.
In prior years her donation request letters have resulted in hundreds of checks. However this year, she has received just six checks totaling $1,600. When added to what’s left of the money carried over from last year, the organizing committee has just $11,600.
A lot of the big developers aren’t giving money this year, she said. Fremont Bank, which last year donated $5,000, so far hasn’t offered any contributions. Even The Argus stopped helping out. We used to give them $5,000 worth of free advertising, but we stopped doing that last year, Hitchcock said.
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