Annual fireworks fundraiser raises over $16,000 for show
Published 9:00 am Sunday, May 31, 2015
Area residents, businesses donated
Area residents and businesses donated $16,551 on Friday during the annual fireworks fundraiser put on by the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with KATE Radio.
Volunteers stood on the corners of Broadway and Main Street from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., collecting the money, even enduring a few bouts of rain.
“Considering the rain, we have done considerably well,” said Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Randy Kehr.
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The goal for the day was $16,000.
Kehr said there were several generous corporate gifts for the fundraiser this year, including Minnesota Corrugated Box, which donated $4,000 as a corporation and $1,736 from its employees. Other generous corporate donations were Mrs. Gerry’s and Albert Lea Select Foods.
He said he was also impressed by the many people who gave smaller donations.
“We’ve seen it from all levels,” he said.
The fireworks display is over Fountain Lake.