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UPDATE: Town's Fireworks Saved by Community Fundraising Effort

Thanks to one man's campaign, the annual festival in Ellwood City will be a blast.

We brought you the story earlier this week:

One Man Fights to Save His Town's Fireworks Display

When 26-year old Eric Raynor of Ellport, PA, found out the local festival's fireworks would be cancelled this year for lack of funds, he started a fundraising campaign to try and make sure the show would go on.

Ellwood City Teachers Union joined in the fund drive.

Now The Ellwood City Ledger reports Eric has reached his goal and then some. The June 30 fireworks at the Ellwood City Arts, Crafts, Food and Entertainment Festival will happen, thanks to the "explosion of community support" he received through his"Save the Ellwood City Fireworks 2019" campaign.

The Ledger says several more donors came forward at a public meeting at the Ellwood City Municipal Building Thursday, including the local McDonald's restaurant. Rayner told the Ledger the restaurant's $1000 gift brought the collection total to $10,000. The goal had been $5,000. The Ellwood City Medical Center (pictured at the top) also donated $1000.

Sam Teolis of the Ellwood City Football Boosters & Teolis Funeral Home presented a check.

You can keep on donating to the group's DonateKindly fund. The extra money will go to making an even bigger display this year, and making sure there will be a display next year.

(Images: Save the Ellwood City Fireworks 2019 Facebook page)

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