Customers will have opportunity from April 2-28
by Barry Featheringill
The Sullivan IGA is hoping customers will roundup so that come the Fourth of July spectators will be able to look up.
With the American Legion having difficulties in raising funds for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show, IGA manager Pat Stinson is giving the community the option to round up their purchases to the next higher dollar amount beginning April 2.
“We have done similar programs for the Moultrie County Food Pantry with very good results,” said Stinson. “This is an opportunity for the community to support the fireworks display by rounding up their purchase.”
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“Each year in the past the Sullivan Post of the American Legion has purchased the fireworks and then gone out to the area businesses for assistance, and whatever they did not get from business owners they (the Legion) paid out of their funds. So far the legion has received contributions from some individuals in the community” said Mike Keown of the Legion.
Keown also noted that several other legion posts around have had to discontinue the fireworks, and he hopes that will not be the case in Sullivan.
“The fireworks are an important part of Sullivan history, and the fact that so many attend shows just how important the display is,” said Sullivan City Commissioner Mike Mossman. “It is impossible to count how many actually come out for the fireworks, but last year my family walked to the park and sat around the lake, and there were probably close to 2,000 watching.”
The IGA has set a goal of $1,000 to be raised between April 2 and April 28. If a customer makes a purchase of $45.57, by agreeing to “Roundup” their purchase to $46.00 the extra 43 cents will go to the fireworks. This gives everybody the chance to be part of the support for the Legion’s display and take a little extra pride in being a part of it.