CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Fourth of July fireworks show at McIntire Park was on the verge of being canceled this year, but a couple of big sponsors stepped up to save the show.
At the beginning of June, CBS19 reported there was a lack of sponsors to be able to fund the fireworks show. Jared Feury, the Charlottesville market president for the Bank of the James, said after seeing the news, they decided to step up. The bank is now the title sponsor of Patriotism in the Park for having the largest contribution towards making sure the firework show goes on.
"We actually saw it on CBS19, about two weeks ago, that the fireworks show may not be happening,” said Feury. “When we saw that we wanted to see how we could help."
The University of Virginia also could not imagine the Fourth of July without fireworks in the city. Jon Bowen, the special advisor to president Jim Ryan for external affairs, said the President's Office of UVA jumped in and sponsored as part of President Ryan's goal to be more involved in the community.
"When we heard that the annual fireworks show was in danger of being canceled,” said Bowen. “It seemed like a natural extension of that effort to be a good neighbor to pitch in and try to help."
Eleanor Hoppe, the director of FUN for Patriotism in the Park, helping Wahoo Consulting take over the organization of the event.
"Nobody wants to see the fireworks go away,” said Hoppe. “And happily within two days, I was able to reach out to various sponsors, one by one, who jumped on board and gave me suggestions for other people to contact and that is what allowed us to secure the actual fireworks."
Other sponsors so far include TD Ameritrade, Cville Weekly, and Southern Development. However, about $12,000 more is still needed to cover the entire event, which they estimate to cost a total of $30,000.
With the money raised, people can look forward to a fun night with a Zaxby’s chicken finger eating contest, fun activities, and delicious food along with the fireworks, for a fun night the whole family can enjoy.
"It's going to be an amazing event,” said Hoppe, “and I think it's a tradition that people look forward to whether they're actually at the park, or watching from their lawns or rooftops somewhere around town. And I think it will be an event that will be sorely missed if we miss out this year."
If you or your business are interested in helping out, email Hoppe at firstname.lastname@example.org.