As of Saturday, Storm Lake's Star Spangled Spectacular fund drive was about $1,500 short.
Drive co-chairmen Craig Fratzke and Dick Hakes were scrambling early this week to contact past donors and remind them that the July Fourth holiday looms ahead and the celebration needs their help.
"The Commodores raised the drive goal to $20,000 this year because of increasing expenses," said Fratzke. "People have been great about giving and we have collected about $18,500 so far, but we'd really like to reach that $20,000 goal if we can."
The drive organizers said letters were mailed to more 1,100 area businesses and individuals who were identified as suppporters and potential supporters of the campaign. To date, about 400 have responded with checks.
"That's a pretty good percentage, but if we got even small checks from some of the others who were contacted by mail, we'd reach the goal," said Fratzke. "We hope people recognize how much entertainment is provided for them free through this celebration every year. We appeciate any support."
He added that many people not formally contacted are sending donations as well. Any interested party can send a donation to Star Spangled Spectacular, PO Box 603, Storm Lake, IA 50588.
Following is a list of donors from the past week:
Patriots ($100 to $349): Buena Vista University, Storm Lake Rotary Club, Dr. A.A. Stephan, Super 8 Motel, Buena Vista Manor Care Center, Scott Sweet/SODEXHO Campus Services BVU, and MidAmerican Energy.
Skyrockets ($50 to $99): Page's Storm Lake Bakery, Edward & Barbara Anderson, KAYL Radio, Liz Stough, Seiler Plumbing & Heating, Paxton's Jewelry, Sports Rehab & Professional Therapy Associates and North Lake Truck Repair.
Firecrackers ($25 to $49): Mickelson Tire & Employees, Chuck & Margaret Tapley, Joshua & Kristin Newhouse, Jim & Rita Seeley, Roxanne & Steve Tjaden, Jay & Sharon Butterfield, Binning Outdoors, Wayne & Bernie Andrews, Ralph & Helen Welch, Jim & Dale Gamache, Joe & Joan Traylor, Todd & Barb Lange, Pat Richard, Roger & Julie Egland, Mike & Barb Wells, Roger & Marlene Eddie, Ron & Pat Wilson, Sugar Bowl Gift Shop, Norm & Lorna Bonnema, Omni Photo, Jim & Elaine Reese, Stacey & Steve Eddie and two anonymous Firecracker friends.
Sparklers (Up to $24): Dick & Doris Inman, Dan & Cris Hegarty, Harold & Lottie Nelson, Byron Crippin, Mike & Kathy Wilbur, Rod & Linda Dierking, Art & Babe Sutton, Al & Dee Lewis, Orlean Skibsted, Ann Peterson Pyle, Jack & Viv Kaufman, Jim & Mary Gustafson, Mike & Pam Hanna, Don & Janet McClure, and five anonymous Sparkler friends.