Story by STACY MARTIN
The DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association (DBPA) has been raising funds to support the fireworks show in DeFuniak Springs for going on 30 years now.
According to Sara Comander, the president of the DBPA, the organization was started to help bring people back downtown, organizing the very first Hometown Christmas (now moved to the Fairgrounds). The DBPA has also been a part of several beautification projects partnering with the city on sidewalks and parking areas as well as maintaining planters and light fixtures.
As part of their mission and support, the DBPA has received approval to organize this year’s Fourth of July Fireworks show back at the Lakeyard. Comander has stated that they do not ask for help or finances from the city or the county because they feel that the “citizens’ tax dollars should be spent on more important items.”
To raise funds for this year’s show, approximately $15,000 needed, the DBPA is holding fundraiser events, including a $9.00 plate Steak Lunch held at Thrift Way on March 6, their annual golf tournament held on March 27, and they will also have a booth set up at the Marvel of Flight. The DPBA is also reaching out to the community for support. Ways to give is just by donating: “$10 to $100, anything will help,” said Comander.
“Our Fourth of July Celebrations focus on the freedom of this great country,” she added.
For more information about the DBPA or to help support this year’s fireworks show in July, please send contributions to DPBA, PO BOX 219, DeFuniak Springs, 32435 or contact Sara Comander at 830-1661.