NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The Queen City of the Sound’s fireworks will go on as scheduled this year thanks to a donation from S.E.L.F. Help Foundation, Inc. and efforts of other community partners.
“The donation was given out of respect for America and love for New Rochelle,” said Guru Madeleine, S.E.L.F. founder and president in a written statement. “In keeping with our mission statement, it is up to us as individual citizens to show we care, and participate as vibrant members on every level. This gift was an opportunity to put our faith into action.”
The city began asking for funds for the city’s three main community events: the Memorial Day and Thanksgiving Day parades, and the July 4th Fireworks. While funding for the parades was nearly complete, the fireworks still lacked a primary sponsor, the city said.
The exceptional generosity of this donation, along with support from others, will permit thousands of families to once again observe our nation's founding with a terrific celebration,” said New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson in a written statement. “On behalf of a grateful community, I offer sincere thanks.”
The “Spark the Sound” Independence Day Fireworks Display will begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4, rain or shine. Fireworks can be seen from waterfront parks and especially Hudson and Five islands, the city said.
The city is still looking for contributions to the city’s cultural events fundraising campaign for 2012 and beyond.
Checks can be made payable to the “City of New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Gift Catalogue Fund” and sent to the City of New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Office, 515 North Ave., New Rochelle, New York 10801. Residents can mark donations for a specific event or for general use.
For additional information, call Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmermann at (914) 654-2092.