To the Editor: Parade and Fireworks Thanks

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Dear Crozet Friends and Neighbors:

We are writing to thank you for your enthusiastic support of our small town tradition, our annual Crozet Independence Day parade, celebration, and fireworks show on July 5. Because of your generous support, we raised money to help defray the cost of the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department’s new electronic sign, which will provide community safety notices and event updates. We are also able to make generous donations to Crozet Park and several other civic groups in our community.

Many deserve thanks and recognition for their contributions to the success of this event. Prime among them are those who donated to the Fireworks Fund to help cover the cost of our wonderful fireworks show. The support of our most generous donors—the Green Olive Tree, the Parkway Pharmacy, George Foresman for County Clerk, Hamer and Hamer DDS Orthodontics, and The Lodge at Old Trail—along with the dozens of others, made our fireworks show possible.  We also appreciate the support of several local businesses that very generously provide their services at a discount, including Allied Portable Toilets and Virginia Tent Rental. Last but not least, we appreciate the generous support of the Crozet Gazette in running a full-page ad for months and a special thank you to Allie Marshall Pesch of AMP Design for designing our Crozet Independence Day Celebration posters, park map, and handbill for free.

The parade and celebration is a combined effort of Crozet’s civic organizations who have teamed up to put on the Crozet Independence Day parade, celebration, and fireworks show, a task that in the past fell solely to the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD), which for many years sponsored the celebration as a fundraiser. Joining the CVFD in sharing the burden now are the Crozet Community Association, Claudius Crozet Park (which is community-owned and run by volunteers), YMCA, Crozet Lions Club, Life Journey Church, Downtown Crozet Association, the Crozet Community Advisory Committee (CCAC), Crozet Trails Crew, and the White Hall Ruritans, as well as many local churches and citizen volunteers.

We also thank all the wonderful volunteers who helped set up, take admissions donations, and cleaned up afterwards. We are especially appreciative of the dedication and hard work of the Charles House family, who did a fabulous job emptying the trash bins at the celebration, even during the pouring rain at the end.

And not least all, we thank you, our fellow Crozetians, for your attendance and support. We’ll see you at the park again next year on Saturday, July 2!

Sincerely,

Tim F. Jost Tolson
Chair, 
CIDC Planning Team
President, 
Crozet Community Association
[email protected]
CrozetCommunity.org

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