Fire Up for Fireworks Fundraiser held at Maple UnCommon

By Toni Zibert

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Columbus, KS – For the third year in a row, Commerce Bank and the Maple Uncommon Hotel teamed up for the annual “Fire Up For Fireworks” fundraiser cookout.
The June 13th event marked the fourth firework fundraiser for just this year. Crossland Construction Company’s “Cookin’ with Crossland” set out a grill and prepared hamburgers, hot dogs, and sausage from 11 AM to 1 PM, all of which were sold in $5 deals with a choice of chips and drink.
“We put it out for the residents – they have to help us. If they want a fireworks display, then they have to help pay for it,” said event organizer Jean Pritchett, echoing the event flyer’s statement: “Fireworks can only be as big as you help them to be.”
Pritchett continued on to say that the typical cost for the Columbus Fourth of July firework show ranges from $8,000 to $10,000.
“That’s what it takes for a good fireworks display,” Pritchett said. “It’s a lot, but, for us to help a little bit, this is what we put this funding into…we’ve gotten about $4300 dollars just from fundraising this year, and I’m thinking by the end of the day we’ll be at about $5,000.”
The fundraiser was a success after receiving good business from the local residents.



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