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Fireworks talk sparks thoughts of summer

If your Visa card isn’t maxed out Dec. 26, you might want to start thinking ahead for the summer. No, not about a beach house rental, but about your provider of Fourth of July fireworks.

Believe it or not, some Chamber of Commerces and individual nonprofits around the Island are spending the holiday season preparing for next year’s display.

Rossetti Perchik, founder of the Clamshell Foundation, which runs the Great Bonac Fireworks Show in mid-July, said donations don’t typically start coming in until May, but the fundraising effort lasts almost all year.

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“It seems to never end,” he said.

This week, members of Perchik’s team sent out nearly 500 holiday greeting cards to people who donated money for last year's show, asking them “to keep us on their minds,” he said. In early January, they will mail out press and advertising packets to local business and previous sponsors.

Perchik said the show, a Fireworks by Grucci production, costs about $45,000 and that the foundation tries to raise about $50,000 more than that to give away to local organizations in need, as well as in college scholarships.

The Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce is also already soliciting donations on its website.

And in Montauk, Karin Wanag, an administrative assistant for the Chamber of Commerce, said committee meetings for the fireworks show will start in January, and the chamber will start soliciting donations by February.


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