Downtown businesses pitch in to help fund fireworks

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Submitted: Wed, 04/17/2013 - 3:13am
Updated: Wed, 04/17/2013 - 3:16pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –- After Wilmington lost its biggest sponsor of the firework show in February, it considered spending an additional $15,000 to fund the display on top of the $10,000 the budget allows for.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting some of the downtown businesses opened their pocketbooks to help the cause.

“The business community understands the partnership between the city and the businesses. There’s been a lot of investment made by the city in downtown and I think this is one way I think that this is one way the business community is saying we recognize that,” said Joan Loch, owner of the Crescent Moon.

Loch says she has collected almost $6,000 from local businesses, an amount that only took a week to come up with.

“There are still a lot of phone calls out there. There are still a lot of people responding back. I would anticipate we’ll probably have at least $10,000, and you know, it may continue on,” Loch said.

Loch says some of the contributing businesses include Smoke, the Henrietta, Husk and Slice of Life to name a few.

“The restaurants and the eateries we approached were all very quick and decisive to say, ‘Yes. We’ll help,'” Loch said.

Help the City of Wilmington is very thankful to have.

“I thank you for stepping up in this tough time to try and find this money,” Mayor Bill Saffo told Loch. “I really appreciate that.”

Loch says there is talk among downtown businesses to host a fireworks fundraiser to raise additional funds. The details have not been worked out yet.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    no reason WDI should be dependant on city funds to cover basic operations.

  • taxpayer says:

    John Hinnant has to beg for dollars from someone. They sure as heck have shown they’re unable to sustain themselves without it.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    If they’re not self-sustainable, maybe they shouldn’t even be sustainable in the first place. If an organization can’t even sustain itself it certainly wouldn’t be my first choice to promote the success of others.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    looks like we are all in agreement.

  • GuestO'Day says:

    Tom, is this a good thread to start a Draft Vog for Wilmington Mayor petition??

  • Guest 10101 says:

    I just thought it would be cool to indent this thread one more time. I wonder how small it can go? :-)

  • SurfCityTom says:

    if he promises not to make weekly runs to Raleigh to get his hair done.

  • GuestHey says:

    Maybe you haven’t heard that the baseball thing is old news. I swear – there could be a story about a car accident and someone would comment about the stupid stadium. LET IT GO, PEOPLE!

  • Besty_Guesty says:

    Just think of the fireworks display and for that matter, pay increases for city employees that could have been possible without the city council SQUANDERING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS on the failed and overwhelming unpopular baseball stadium fiasco.

    Remember that these same foul balls wanted to force all taxpayers to cough up money for decades to make the privileged few richer but are happy to pass the hat to raise a fraction of the wasted money for a popular fireworks event. Whose priorities do they serve?

  • ChefnSurf says:

    These foul balls as you so aptly put it, weren’t even going to pass the hat. Their knee-jerk reaction was to lay it on the taxpayers as usual; further proof that these idiots will never change their ways and have to be removed.

    Kudos to Joan Loch for stepping up and doing the right thing. Businessess downtown profit more than others from events downtown, especially the Henrietta and food and beverage establishments. Contibuting is the right thing to do for them and listing the contibutors helps to highlight those businesses who don’t.

    Also on the “get-out-of town” list: John Hinnant, Connie Majure-Rhett and others of their ilk. Not one peep out of them about contributing. The only time one ever hears them making any real noise is when they’re looking for funding from the taxpayers, not the other way around.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    for local businesses. Now if Hinnant and some others got off their duffs, they could lead the effort and get the remainder of the funds in hand.

    Hats off to Ms. Loch and the fund raising effort.

  • Vog46 says:

    If a down town business profits from fireworks let them help pay for it.
    But think about it another way.
    The city could shift support from WDI to paying for fireworks. The entire city gets to enjoy and the businesses get to profit from it.

    And it wouldn’t cost the city a single cigar.


  • Guest5464 says:

    Same old downtown players and one new player. Why did they have to mention their name.s. In the hopes of getting a favor back in the future thats why.

  • Well Duh says:

    What do you expect? That’s how business works. When businesses generate business, that’s how they can afford to pay for employees. Companies don’t pay you out of a magic money faucet that rains dollars down from Heaven! They need to make money, and getting their name out helps. Doing good deeds helps with the cause, and publicizing good deeds encourages more good deeds. Maybe you’d prefer it if nobody ever heard of your employer and nobody spent any money there!! You’d be starving and living in the streets and blaming Obama or whatever. Get a clue. You sound like a government employee, or some dope on welfare.

  • ilmNCnative says:

    Thanks to Joan and downtown businesses that are contributing to make this happen. Way to step up to the plate.

  • GuestO'Day says:

    Sorry to disagree, “GuestHey”. Betsy’s point isn’t about the defeat of the stadium proposal, it is about the expenditure of very large amounts of taxpayer $$$ for its advancement. Reminders of this need to be front and center every day up until election day. Too many people have been “Letting it Go” for too long a time.

  • Guestnow says:

    Guest hey.. The reason we have to keep re-hashing “OLD NEWS” is that our Mayor and City Council members continue to squander Tax Payer money such as a failed Convention center that came about with backdoor meetings. Who lead that charge ? Our then Mayor and current Council. What was needed was an auditorium that would bring big name Acts into the area. Wake up and pay attention before history repeats it self once again.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …far too often with City Council. “Forgetting” history only allows it to be repeated!

  • Vog46 says:

    Giving up on the Star news website?
    You are NOT the only one.


  • fleebailey says:

    I hope the fireworks are well attended. This is one of your few chances to watch your tax dollars for up in smoke. You usually only get to read about it.

  • Guest5464 says:

    Missing the point there buddy. I own two businesses that are quite successful. Far from starving or living on the streets. Lots of individuals and companies that give donations do so without any recognition. Those locations mentioned will benefit from the fireworks without their name being mentioned. I know the owners of the locations and its all about the money. I am interested in learning more about this money faucet you are referring to.

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