The cost of tonight’s fireworks show in Hannibal is already covered, but that doesn’t mean that members of the Hannibal Community Promotions Group aren’t interested in your donations.
“We’ve paid for this year, so we’re on to next year at this point. If they want the same or a better show next year I would definitely encourage them to drop money in the fireworks donation buckets that are there every year,” said Clare Blase, president of the HCPG, adding that donation information can be found on the group’s Facebook page or on its website. Donations can also be mailed to P.O. Box 797 in Hannibal.
Excess funds raised last year have been applied to this year’s cost, according to Blase.
“We appreciate our business owners and individuals that gave last year,” she said.
In February 2012, the City Council approved a $7,500 service agreement with the HCPG.
“It was a two-year agreement that they would do it last year and this year. That definitely helped us be able to do the full show last year and another full show this year,” said Blase.
The HCPG has been able to get more bang for its buck by taking advantage of a “long standing relationship the Jaycees had with the fireworks company (J&M Displays). They honored the longevity discount and early payment discount.”
Another discount was obtained by the HCPG because 2012’s show ran shorter than the expected 30-minute presentation.
“Last year it was scheduled for the same amount of time, but because of the heat and floating embers the show, which looked fantastic, went off a little bit faster than it was expected to, and that’s coming from J&M. With some negotiations and working with J&M that’s part of the reason why the funds from last year were able to extend so far into this year’s show,” said Blase.
Blase is upbeat about what is in store after the sun goes down tonight.
“It should be a fantastic show,” she said. “We’ve worked really close with J&M Displays this year to make sure that timing and the delivery is everything that everyone would expect.”