December 22, 2014

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Sambino’s Pizza, White’s Auto Care pitch in for Elyria fireworks

ELYRIA — Two local businesses want to help bring fireworks back to Elyria.

Both Sambino’s Pizza and White’s Auto Care are pledging a portion of their revenue to the city’s fireworks fund, a fundraising effort to bring a display back to the city around the Fourth of July.

“We’re doing this just to help out the community,” said Ashley Randolph, general manager at Sambino’s. “We all remember what it was like to have the fireworks in Elyria.”

The pizzeria, 360 Cleveland St., will donate 10 percent of its sales to the fireworks fund every Thursday between Tuesday and May 8. Residents do not need a special code or flier. Sambino’s just would like residents to do their part by ordering pizza on Thursdays.

“Every order that we take in that day will go to the city fund. It’s that simple,” Randolph said.

The city last sponsored a fireworks show in 2008. It was the first and last year the city moved the festivities to West Park on Foster Avenue. Before that, the show was at Cascade Park.

Mayor Holly Brinda is hoping to bring back the tradition, but she said she needs community donations to restore the event because city finances are too tight to allow tax dollars to be spent on the festivities. Brinda has set a goal of raising $60,000 by May 15.

If the money is raised by the target date, the plan is to hold a fireworks display at West Park on July 2 with a rain date of July 3.

Greg White, of White’s Auto Care at 578 Cleveland St., said he remembers watching the Elyria fireworks as a child. He has pledged to donate $10 of every service invoice between now and May 1 to the fund. So far, he has accumulated $100.

“I used to watch them as a kid, and it would be nice for them to come back,” he said. “It makes sense for me to help in any way I can.”

Resident who would like to donate to the fund can do so on the city’s website. Checks payable to the City of Elyria Fireworks Fund can be mailed to 131 Court St., Elyria, OH 44035.

For more information, call (440) 326-1402.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.