UF's Fanfares and Fireworks Still Needs $8,500
GAINESVILLE - The show will go on – the University of Florida will be holding their “Fanfares and Fireworks” event on July 3rd this year, but they still have a shortfall in funding.
There has been a total of $19, 500 dollars raised for the event, but it’s not enough.
They need a total of $28,000 to fund it.
UF is confident they will raise the extra money from their media partners.
They intend to fill the gap, but it's a gap that hasn't always been filled.
In years past, most recently 2011, the show has been canceled due to funding issues.
The fact that this is the second straight year the City of Gainesville has contributed $10,000 may be one of the signs that the economy may be on its way up.
Randy Wright from the University of Florida says the city's contribution along with other factors has made the event a prioritized one – “the community loves ‘fanfares and fireworks.’ We know that because of the attendance and also the feedback and the commitment that the city of Gainesville and the commission feels that this is a very important thing.”
The event will take place on July 3rd, while other cities will be putting on fireworks on the 4th of July.
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