May 26, 2016


One dollar makes Elyria Council president bigger donor to fireworks campaign

ELYRIA — One dollar is all it took.

Tuesday night City Council President Mike Lotko, D-at large, used one buck to best Dan Reaser.

Reaser, along with his daughter, Shannon, and son, Danny, donated $1,000 to the city’s fireworks campaign. Lotko, in honor of his late father Mike Lotko Jr., who died in April 2012, donated $1,001 to the campaign.

“The reason I gave exactly $1,001 is because I wanted to one-up Dan Reaser,” Lotko said. “I also wanted to honor my father’s legacy and know this event is something he would have supported.”

The senior Lotko was postmaster of Elyria, the city’s safety service director under Mayor J. Grant Keys and a Lorain County commissioner.

With Lotko’s contribution, the tally toward a $45,000 goal is $39,000, said Mayor Holly Brinda.

She doesn’t want to call the campaign a success just yet, but said the finish line is within reach.

“We are pushing for those last few pledges and we have a spaghetti dinner on June 3 that we are hoping will be a success,” she said. “We won’t sign any contract until we have all the money in hand. We will know next week if that will happen.”

The city last sponsored a fireworks show in 2008.

The spaghetti dinner fundraiser is 5 to 8 p.m. June 3 at the Elyria Moose Lodge, 555 Ternes Ave. Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner and entertainment by Yellow Delicious. Guests are asked to RSVP by Friday by calling Councilman Mark Jessie, D-3rd Ward, at (440) 322-7766 or the mayor’s office at (440) 326-1402.

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