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[caption width="250" caption=" Schultz Elementary School third-graders, teachers and City of Delaware officials celebrate the news that the City reached its $25,000 fireworks fund raising goal thanks to donations from Presenting Sponsor Byers Auto Group, Grand Finale Sponsor Meijer, and Community Spirit Sponsor Dominion Homes. Standing, second row from left, are Lewis Center Meijer store director Johanna Harper and Delaware Meijer store director Rod Cline; Dominion Homes CEO Bill Cornely; and Byers Auto Group’s John DuRivage. (Submitted photo) "][/caption]

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Delaware business leaders and organizations have proven once again that in a tough economy, generosity runs deeper, not drier.

Led by the Byers Auto Group, Meijer and Dominion Homes, the community once again has stepped forward to make sure the Delaware July Fourth fireworks show goes on.

Delaware officials announced Wednesday that the city had reached its $25,000 fundraising goal in pledges or donations for the big show that will cap a star-spangled Independence Day celebration in Delaware.

For the second consecutive year, Byers, Meijer and Dominion each renewed $5,000 pledges — Byers as the Presenting Sponsor, Meijer as the Grand Finale Sponsor and Dominion as the Community Spirit Sponsor. Also for the second consecutive year, an anonymous donor has provided a $5,000 donation.

“This support speaks volumes about our city and our sense of community,” Delaware Mayor Gary Milner said. “Even as companies and individuals continue to feel the effect of the economy, we were able to work together to continue this tradition.”

As was the case in 2010, funding for the city’s annual fireworks display, which draws thousands of spectators from all around Central Ohio, was not included in the 2011 budget. Because of its popularity, the city again undertook a campaign to raise sponsorship dollars.

Also returning to support the show in 2011 are JEG’s Automotive, the Delaware Fraternal Order of Eagles, Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan, Woolpert, PPG and the Delaware County Bank and Trust.

“We saw a very positive trend in that last year’s donors returned this year,” Milner said. “On behalf of the city, I thank all of our contributors for their support of this great day in Delaware.”

The city police, fire and public works departments have picked up the cost of public safety, emergency response and traffic control for the day’s activities — about $6,000 is budgeted this year.

The fireworks cap a special Independence Day in the city. Prior to fireworks, the Central Ohio Symphony will perform its traditional outdoor concert on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus beginning at 7:30 p.m. Concert information can be found at centralohiosymphony.org. The day begins with the annual July 4 parade at 3 p.m., sponsored by the Delaware County Farm Bureau. Parade information is available at 740-971-5939.

The “City of Delaware Community Fund,” will remain active. Contributions to enhance this year’s July 4 celebration or for the 2012 fireworks show can be made to the fund, care of the Community Foundation of Delaware County, 3954 N. Hampton Drive, Powell, 43065.