An area hospital is stepping up to make sure enough money is raised for one of Saginaw’s biggest celebrations of the year.
Covenant HealthCare met with officials of the Saginaw Area Fireworks this week and agreed to match dollar-for-dollar any donations collected by the organization through Friday, July 6, said past President Bill Giorgis.
Last week, officials with Saginaw Area Fireworks said the organization was about $80,000 short of its $125,000 goal. This week the organization reported being about halfway to its goal, or at about $62,500.
The cost covers the pyrotechnics, as well as incidentals, restrooms, entertainment and a picnic for volunteers.
“Covenant HealthCare stepped in as a major sponsor and has ensured that the Saginaw fireworks will continue to be one of the best fireworks displays in the state of Michigan,” Giorgis said.
A covenant spokesman said the hospital wanted to help after hearing about fundraising difficulties.
“We realize this is a major event for Saginaw and we didn’t want to see any disappointed kids,” Spokesman Larry Daly said. “Covenant welcomes other corporations and private donors to continue to donating through Friday to leverage the match.”
The fireworks show begins at dusk — about 10 p.m. — and last 45 minutes.
Those possessing a parking pass will be allowed to bring a vehicle on Ojibway Island for the fireworks show.
Parking passes cost $25, or $30 the day of the event. Passes can be purchased at Lightening Printing, 5982 State, Valley Real Estate, 2213 Warwick and Mike’s Wrecker, 2522 Hess.
Traveling by foot is recommended for those who live a walkable distance from the fireworks display. Parking is available at Hoyt Park, the Andersen Enrichment Center and the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, as well as on select side streets.