HELENA – With just over one week until the 4th of July, the Prickly Pear Fireworks group said they still need help reaching their $30,000 fundraising goal.
As of Tuesday, Prickly Pear Fireworks had raised just over $15,000, which put them at about half of their goal.
The annual fireworks show has been a tradition for more than six decades in East Helena. The event was taken over by Prickly Pear Fireworks three years ago.
Organizers said it’s a lot of work getting the show ready each year and they aren’t able to pull it off without the continued support from the community.
“It’s really all the businesses around town and the whole community that keeps the efforts going,” said Aimee Myles.
“Exactly,” added Shellie Mitchell, “This is a celebration of our freedom so we try to show people is that we have something to celebrate. So let us as a community come together and do that.”
Organizers said the last couple years have been tight raising the money, which often comes down to the last day.
“We have some amazing sponsors like Dick Anderson, but there’s still a lot more needed,” said Mitchell. “I’m glad we’re doing it. It’s a lot of work but anything we can do for the community we try to step up and do what we can.”
Donations can be made at either Shellie’s Country Cafe location or online at https://helenafireworks.com/.
-Reported by John Riley/MTN News