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1/25/2013 6:00:00 AM
Boomers facing deadline for fireworks funding
Kingman Fourth of July support sought
Erin Cochran
Erin Cochran
Doug McMurdo

KINGMAN - Independence Day might be a little less than six months away, but the folks who raise funds for the annual fireworks display have only six weeks left to finance the big show.

They need your help.

"We're immensely grateful for how the community stepped up last year," said City Councilwoman Erin Cochran. "They really stepped up and we need them to do the same this year."

Cochran is the chairwoman of the Kingman Boomers, a nonprofit comprised of two Council members, District 1 Supervisor Gary Watson and community members. The organization was established when the burden of funding the annual pyrotechnic extravaganza became too costly for the city.

Last year, the group raised $26,000 in donations, $1,000 more than it set out to collect. This year, members again set a goal of $25,000.

Three local businesses, UniSource, Gas N Grub and Mohave State Bank, have already made "significant contributions," said Cochran, and others are prepared to do the same.

This past weekend, Washme Car Wash allowed the group to host a fundraiser.

"They let people drive through the car wash for free," said Cochran. "Those guys basically let us keep their tips."

More than $1,200 was raised, "They were amazing," she said.

Chicago Title is holding a 50/50 drawing with tickets priced at $1 each, six for $5, 13 for $10 and 30 for $20.

The company challenges every business in Kingman to purchase $100 in tickets with the goal of raising $4,000.

The winner will take home half the pot collected on March 1, when Mayor John Salem draws the winning ticket.

To purchase a ticket, contact David Bekaert of Chicago Title at (928) 263-0085 or (928) 753-5581, or email him at

The Cliff Findley Auto Center will donate $10 for every vehicle sold in the month of February.

The money has to be collected by March 5 so the City Council can bid out the show. Cochran said everyone involved serves in a voluntary capacity, so every dollar collected helps fund the display.

To donate money or to find out how else to contribute, contact Cochran at (928) 279-8367 or Councilwoman Janet Watson at (928) 753-3499.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: T S

Um, first time guy: the city doesn't pay for it anymore. Like, since 2011. That's the whole point, this is the group that raises money so the kids and the community can have a fireworks show. I don't see the issue. I further don't see an issue so egregious you took the time to post a comment about it.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Erin Cochran

Thanks for the great story! We have a wonderful group of volunteers. Thank you to Vice Mayor Janet Watson, Debbie Francis, Harley Pettit-(President), Mike and LInda Bihuniak, Bob and Patty Nee, The Vietnam Veterans of America including Forrest Blackstock and Ralph McKie, Ron and Diana Giesbrecht, Jennifer Carr, Nathan and Madison Forbes, Todd Cochran, Steven Francis and all those who have donated to the Boomers are Honorary Members!!!!

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: the first time and not the last time

what a waste of $ for a 15 min firework show ! when the city of kingman needs repair work on streets and sidwalks !

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