By Jo Schmeiser CCGM Executive Director
The 2011 Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival Planning has already started the process of fund raising for the fireworks display set for Saturday September 10th at dusk.
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford is responsible for raising $6,000.00 this year, and RWFF Chairperson Angela Dorey says the committee has been working hard already to guarantee the fireworks are bigger and better than ever. Angela says with the help of the Milford Parks and Recreation Department, Milford is able to provide a fireworks display that is as good, if not better than many area 4th of July fireworks displays.
One of the fund raising efforts began at the Bug & Bud Festival and is running through the day of the festival. The name of the fund raiser is “No Dirty Dishes for a Week”.
Seven area restaurants donated gift certificates, so the winner can go out to dinner for a week and won’t have to worry about any dirty dishes at home. For only $1.00 per ticket, or 6 for $5.00, ticket holders have the opportunity to win gift certificates from Nick & Charlie’s (the new open-to-the-public restaurant located in the Shawnee Country Club), Applebee’s, Pizza Palace, Capriotti’s, Mama Maria’s, the Georgia House and Abbott’s Grill. The total value is over $300.00 and all the restaurants located are in Milford.
The drawing will be held right before the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival Fireworks, and if you are unable to be there the good news is you don’t have to be present to win. If your name is drawn, you’ll get a call from the chamber letting you know you don’t have to worry about doing dirty dishes for a week.
Raffle Tickets are being sold at the chamber, located on 5 S. Washington Street in Milford Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re interested in purchasing tickets and cannot get to the chamber, you’re interested in selling tickets, or for more information about “No Dirty Dishes for a Week” contact Fireworks Chairperson Ruth Abbate at 674.2600.
Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Chamber Board Members John Shevock from Bayhealth Medical Center at 674.4401, Terri Favata from First Class Properties at 422.8200, Wilma Besnoska from the AmericInn Lodge & Suites at 839.5000, Lora Gooden of Gooden’s Floral Shop at 422.4961, Angela Dorey of Dorey Insurance and Financial Services 424.8459, Victor Luaces from Delaware Hospice at 478.5707, Jim Manna at Brightfields Inc. 422.8269, Lynn Hammond from KSI at 422.4014, Mike Kazala from Delmarva Broadcasting Company at 422.7575 or Bettie Campbell at the Dover Federal Credit Union 678.8000.
The fireworks display is always a big hit for everyone big and small, young and old and the CCGM and Milford Parks and Recreation cannot host the event without donations. If you are a business person and want to purchase raffle tickets for your employees, or would like to be a Fireworks Sponsor this year, contact Ruth Abbate or the Chamber office at 422.3344.
For more information about the CCGM or visit our website: www.milfordchamber.com or check us out on facebook.