The Beverly Homecoming fireworks scheduled for Aug. 7 are in jeopardy due to a lack of money. Here’s the press release sent out by the Homecoming committee:
The Beverly Homecoming Committee is concerned that a diminished return in their annual fundraising effort is threatening the ability to put on the much anticipated fireworks display as a finale to what is a cherished city tradition. Fundraising is down substantially, almost $24,000 below target.
According to Committee member and City Councilor Jim Latter, “At our most recent board meeting, Wednesday July 27, no one could recall a homecoming without the fireworks” The Homecoming tradition dates to 1966. “The reality is a changed local business environment, a tight economy and an early start time has left us short of funds. The Committee absolutely wants to continue the tradition, but we need the money to pay for fireworks. We are just not equipped to run a negative cash flow. If we don’t have the cash, we can’t have the fireworks. It’s that simple.”
Latter hopes that the Greater Beverly Community, which in his words, “has shown a willingness to step up to the plate time and time again for a good cause” will come through again and save this tradition. According to the Committee, “Now is the time to donate”. A final decision will have to be made by the middle of next week. The Fireworks are scheduled to be after the concert at Lynch Park on Sunday August 7. To make an arrangement for a donation or a sponsorship, contact Beverly Homecoming President Bruce Doig @ 978 921 6067, Treasurer Bob Monahan @ 978 922 0857, or call/email Jim Latter @ 978 921 8874, or