by Paula Coughlan
ELBURNâ€”Elburn Chamber of Commerce may be able to host its popular Day in the Park and fireworks again this summer, an event that was cancelled last year.
Leslie Flint, the chamberâ€™s vice president of committees, said it looks like the chamber could meet its goal of raising the $10,000 needed to present the fireworks.
â€œSo far weâ€™ve raised $5,500,â€ she said. â€œIf donations continue at the current rate, we should have enough to hold the event.â€
Last year, due to a shortage of funds, the chamber cancelled the sidewalk-vibrating event known as one of the finest fireworks shows in the area. A recent pork-chop dinner that the chamber held helped to bring in some of the needed funds for the event this year and another pork chop fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, June 23.
â€œWeâ€™re also looking at what other towns are doing to raise money,â€ said Flint. â€œProceeds from a town-wide garage sale in Batavia helps them pay for their fireworks each year as does an event called 5-5-5â€”take five minutes to donate $5 and tell five friends.â€
With Elburn having a population of more than 4,700, a donation of $2 per resident would just about cover the cost of the event. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, 525 N. Main St., (in the Elburn Community Center) or the Elburn Herald at 123 N. Main St., in downtown Elburn.