Thursday May 17, 2012

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 $12,500 toward its goal of $85,000. This year's parade theme is "Movie Classics."

Since the parade returned in 1978 under the direction of the independent, nonprofit parade committee, it has grown to 140 marching units featuring local and regional bands, spectacular floats and military veterans organizations and has been viewed by tens of thousands of people along the parade route and on local community television.

The parade will begin at the intersection of South and West Housatonic streets at 10 a.m. on July 4 and follow the new route established three years ago. The participants will march straight from South Street to North Street via the southbound lane and proceed from North to Wahconah Street, ending at Wahconah Park.

Donations will be accepted on the website, or by mailing a check to: Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Committee, P.O. Box 1738, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Donations to date:

Anonymous $25

Don & Betsy Retallick $50

A beautiful tradition -- thank you, The
Smith Family $25

Helen & Don McIntyre $25

Brian Wise $25

Betty & Woody $25

Lee Marino - thanks for the memory! $20

Anonymous $25

David & Marita Glodt $150

Anonymous $30

Mark & Mary Thorne $25

Gene S.


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& Justyna M. Carlson $25

Pat Woodlock $100

Anonymous $25

The Ruggeri's -- Nick, Margie, John &
Annie $25

Anonymous $25

Kathleen Connor $25

Our children grew up, we also, with fond memories of the Pittsfield 4th of July
Parade $25

Theresa Marzullo $25

Berkshire Communicators Inc. $50

Joan Turnbull $25

Hinsdale Lions Club Bingo $100

Berkshire Health Systems $500

The Pittsfield 4th of July is one of the
highlights of the summer! Love it $25

Greylock Ear Nose & Throat Associates $100

For our children and grandchildren $25

Rodhouse Tax Service Inc. $50

Hill Engineers Architects Planners Inc. $150

Apple & Albano CPA's $100

"Kevin, Sue & Rufus Harrington " $25

MacFarlane Office Products $150

Dery Funeral Home $150

Lane Construction Corporation $750

GE CEP $1,000

Berkshire Gas $750

Doris & John Allen $25

Happy 4th of July -- Ray & Rita Crocker -- Enjoy $25

Berkshire Fence Company $50

Hunter, Taggart, Maguire, Caroline,
Cooper & Rupert $25

Hayden Bradley $50

Bob & lee Teichert $30

Judy & Don $30

G&S Ketcham $50

Cruise One -- Cheshire $25

Devanny-Condron Funeral Home $150

Cynthia Armstrong $25

Allendale Shopping LLC $1,500

JH Maxymillian Inc. $1,000

Bedard Brothers Auto Sales $750

Lions Club of Pittsfield Inc $50

Laborers International Local Union
473 $150

Cranwell Resort Spa & Golf Club $150

County Ambulance $1,000

Adams Community Bank $150

Interprint Inc $500

McMahon & Vigeant $100

Ray Murray Inc. $50

Petricca Industries $150

Edwin Helitzer $25

A-1 Septic & Sewer Inc. $100

Flynn & Dagnoli-Bencivenga Funeral
Home $50

Town & Country Upholstery $50

Hancock Fire Department $50

Flynn VW Audi BMW $50

Comalli Group Inc $750

Freadman Steel Inc $150

Sheriff Thomas Bowler & The Berkshire County Deputy Sheriff's Association $300

In memory of

Ron Monteleone $50

Betty O'Connor $25

My husband, Michael J. Spasyk $25

Dorothy Wilson, on her birthday, May 3rd. Love Gary & Sue Gulbranson $50

Mary Bazinet $30

Harry & Edith Ward $25

John F. Connors from the Family $25

Deceased Veteran William (Bill) Nosek,
World War II, Technical Sgt., from sister Anna Bean $10

Eleanor Tierney and Robb E.L. Wilson $25

Ken of Ken's Auto Upholstery, always loved the parade. Sadly missed by Charlotte, Kenny, Charlene and Alan $25

Today's total: $810

Total year to date: $12,500

Needed to reach goal: $72,500