[Update at 7:02pm]
From the Seattle Times:
Last-minute effort to save fireworks gaining traction
An eleventh-hour radio campaign to save Seattle’s Independence Day fireworks show at Lake Union gained some serious traction Thursday night when Starbucks and Microsoft each pledged to chip in up to $125,000.
I was hoping this was an April Fools Day prank. Guess not.
Here’s the story:
There will be no rockets’ red glare, no bombs bursting in air over Seattle on July Fourth.The year 2010 will be the first in nine decades — aside from a hiatus during World War II — that Seattle won’t be treated to an Independence Day fireworks show.
One Reel, the Seattle nonprofit that has organized the Family 4th at Lake Union for more than two decades, announced Wednesday that it has not been able to find a title sponsor for this year’s event.
One Reel said that despite intensive efforts over the past 15 months, it has been unable to find any local companies willing to pay the $500,000-plus annual cost to become title sponsor.
“We spoke to just about every Seattle-based company that has a large footprint in the area,” said One Reel spokeswoman Mikhael Mei Williams. “In each case, either the company couldn’t commit that much, or the show didn’t fit its goals.”