Wednesday June 30, 2010

PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Committee is looking for help to meet its fundraising goal for this year's parade.

The Parade Committee has raised $58,961 toward its goal of $85,000. This year's parade theme is "We, the People!"

Organizers hope a final push for private donations, corporate sponsorships and money raised from a special concert in two weeks will help parade officials reach their goal.

Since the parade returned in 1978 under the direction of the independent, nonprofit parade committee, it has grown to 125 marching units featuring local and regional bands, spectacular floats and military veterans organizations viewed by tens of thousands of people along the parade route and on local community television.

The parade will begin from the intersection of South and West Housatonic streets at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 5, and follow the new route established last year. The participants will march straight from South Street to North Street and proceed to Wahconah Park.

Donations can be sent to the Pittsfield Parade Committee Inc., P.O. Box 1738, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Today's gifts

Anonymous 35

Nathan Raimer and Cindy Shogry-Raimer 25

Bill and Janet Kerwood 25

Anonymous 50

Lynn Myers 25

Barbara and Michael Ende 50

Lorita and Clyde Decorie 25

To all who work so very hard to put on a beautiful parade on the 4th of July.


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Thank you - great job! 25

Anonymous 25

Sharon and Ira Siegel 100

Richard and Shirley Whitehead 25

Edward and Linda Van Dyke 25

Anonymous 25

June Ann Mason 25

R.M. Graves 30

Lucy S Geer 25

Shaun Mackie - State Vice Commander Detachment of Mass. American Legion 25

Atty. Paul Brennan 50

Nancy and Ray 25

Ralph and Elizabeth Gionet 25

Polish Falcons of America Nest 580 50

Cohen, Kinne, Valicenti & Cook LLP 250

Pittsfield Firefighters Union Local 2647 500

Parade Aid 2 1,615

Martin and Laurie Schwartz 25

Paul and Carol Charow 25

Happy and Safe 4th to all 30

Scott, Bonnie and Isla Kirchner 50

David and Marita Glodt 100

We the People thank you 10

Peggy and Miles Feinstein 100

Neal and Pat Langlois 25

Joe and Kay Manley - Happy Day 25

Frank and Ardath Dixon 25

Stella F Spence Famliy 25

Win and Marge Wyckoff 25

Maryanne Boenitz 25

The Genzabella Family 25

Jack and Pat O'Brien 25

Don and Mary DeBlieux 100

Jennifer and Jeffrey Welch 25

Eva, Ellis, Easton, Emi and Elena Eberwein 100

Rabbi and Mrs. Harold I Salzmann 25

Jim and Kathy Cota 25

Francis Investment Consulting Group Inc. 500

For all who love a parade 25

Bonnie and Dick Valenti 50

I love your parade - Christopher Brazeau, Scituate, Mass. 25

Dale and Heather Larow 25

Lee and Pat Lester 25

Anonymous 185

Anonymous 50

Mr. and Mrs. Elie El Saddik 50

Samantha El Saddik 25

Zachary El Saddik 25

In memory of

Frank Garrett, Love the Mottley Crew 100

John "Jack" McIsaac 25

Teresa and Vincent Procopio and All Boulais Family. All loved the parade 10

Zena and Jackie from Ed and June 25

Our Grandpa - Love Jessica, Josh and Sarah 100

Bob Sykes and John O'Donnell 25

My husband Allen R Sykes 25

My brother, Greg, and my parents, Catherine "K.G." and Stack Noonan, love Nancy and family 25

Robert F. Dunn. Love Todd, Lauren and Christopher Paro 25

Malcolm E. Keeler, from your loving family 50

Gram and Melissa 25

John and Rita Kruczkowski and George and Mary Williams 25

Deceased members of the Benham/Pariselli Families 25

My husband, Francis A Marchand Sr. (1-31-42 to 5-23-10) and our parents Frank and Alice Hess and Freddy and Anna Marchand and other loved ones. Love, Claire and family 25

Taikowski and Schmich families 50

Today's total $5,440

Total to date $58,961

Needed to reach goal $26,039