Kiwanis fireworks brighten another Fourth

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By Carol A. Clark

This year’s sparkling Fourth of July extravaganza adds to the more than three decades the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has delivered its popular fireworks show to the community.

“We had more than 5,000 people attend and that has been the average for the last three years,” said Kiwanis treasurer and immediate past president Rick Reiss. “Our gate proceeds were about $25,000 of which $15,000 goes to pay for the fireworks, $2,000 for hardware, $700 for the generator and there are other miscellaneous expenses. That leaves us with between $5,000-$7,000 for our charities.”

Kiwanis charities include youth scholarships and sponsorships, Breakfast with Santa, foster kids support, Little League, a new born program in which the club provides safety items such as smoke detectors to new mothers in the hospital as well as other projects and programs, he said during an interview Monday.

“Everyone’s participation is appreciated,” Reiss said. “Not only are we able to provide a great community event, but it allows us to support our many charities with these generous donations.”

The evening show included in excess of 2,000 fireworks shells during the hour-long display at Overlook Park.

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