Onset fireworks fundraiser hits halfway goal for fireworks

By Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed | Oct 07, 2016
Photo by: Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed Bob Hayes sits across from an auctioneer while accepting bids for an item.

The Onset Bay Association raised $13,132.50 and counting during its fundraiser Thursday night. With $7,500 already saved up, the fundraiser placed the association at its halfway mark for the $40,000 price tag of the Fourth of July fireworks.

There was little room to move in MezzaLuna during the annual fundraiser hosted by the association.

Deb Alfonso, a member of the association, said: "This is the biggest turnout we've ever had."

Even the association's President Kat Jones said she was amazed by the volume, which she guessed was at least a couple of hundred people.

All those people were there for one purpose: to help the association put on a fireworks show next Fourth of July.

Each year, the association must raise approximately $40,000 to put on the show. Usually, generous donations help push the show through. However, there was no fireworks show this year due to a lack of funds, donations, and volunteers.

Residents were upset following the holiday, and just as passionate as Jones and other association members about bringing the fireworks back.

The fundraiser featured a silent and live auction hosted by committee members Jamie Souza and Bob Hayes. Hayes, who is new to town, recently became a member of the association and is an auctioneer by trade.

Auction items varied greatly and all were donated by local residents and businesses.

Comments (9)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 07, 2016 10:53

Too bad we couldn't get this kind of enthusiastic generosity together for more concrete needs.  This all goes up in smoke in half an hour.  Sure, its fun & patriotic and people buy a lot of pizza & ice cream in Onset.  But what is the real cost-benefit analysis?  The police, fire, & EMS cost alone.     

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Oct 07, 2016 11:17

Patriotism is a concrete need, the last 8 years we have seen patriotism attacked by a maniacal leader via government agency's and cronies while manipulating and corrupting the Justice and State departments to provide cover for the treasonous actions by the former Secretary of State

Posted by: sadie | Oct 07, 2016 11:39

wareham they pay for the cops and any other town costs I think they said they paid the town $18,000

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 07, 2016 12:37

Agreed, patriotism is a big benefit...it's the biggest part and point of a 4th of July Firework celebration.  It's just impossible to measure.  I used the word concrete to describe objective, tangible, or durable.  After the smoke clears and the last car leaves, what do we have to show for the tens of thousands of dollars spent that evening?  In such cash-strapped times, it can be seen as frivolous.  Even if the money is donated.  Even if it is patriotic.             

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Oct 07, 2016 13:01

What we have left is the shred of hope reinforced by that celebration that the last 8 years is only fluke and that such people cannot ever be placed in power again. Its a shred of hope that the damage these tyrants have caused can be repaired and faith once again restored in a government that does not give to the UN the powers and duties it is responsible for. Obama and his ilk would like nothing more than to see patriotism die. When that shred of hope is dead is when he can say his project to fundamentally change America is complete.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 07, 2016 13:25

When put it that way, it does seem that a good dose of patriotism via the 4th of July fireworks isn't such a bad idea.     

Posted by: Whm4now | Oct 07, 2016 13:55

Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up.  I don't go to the fireworks, but appreciate the hard work of so many people who want to bring fun into the lives of others.  This is truly heart warming.

Posted by: Whm4now | Oct 07, 2016 13:57

Thank you to all the people who showed up.  I don't go to the fireworks, but appreciate the hard work of so many people who want to bring fun into the lives of others.  This is truly heart warming.

Posted by: BeachLover | Oct 08, 2016 06:28

Not only does this give the community a celebration of our wonderful country; it brings business into the area.  Many seasonal renters will plan their vacation time around this celebration.  That means the local inns, cottages, restaurants and shops get the seasonal income they need to survive and stay in the community.  Summer events are planned to bring tourists into the village to see its beauty and want to come back.  Without this the local businesses perish.  It is a short season and it is necessary to "make hay while you can":  If you look at the big picture and not just your side of the story, you might just want to volunteer to help the community keep these events going and tourists coming back to Onset/

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