As chair of Westport’s Board of Finance, Brian Stern watches Westport’s dollars carefully.
But as a longtime Westporter, he knows the importance of funding to organizations that make our town a wonderful place to live. He writes:
Like most Westporters, I was disappointed to hear that (for very good reasons), the July 4th fireworks are off again this year.
It was the correct public health decision — but it comes at a cost to the Police Athletic League.
The fireworks display is their major fundraising event, and it has now been canceled for the second consecutive year. In addition, the PAL suffered a serious loss from this winter’s revenue at the Longshore skating rink, which they also sponsor.
The funding gap for these events is about $165,000.
The PAL is a wonderful institution. It provides youth programs in a wide variety of sports and outdoor pastimes. It particularly tries to support families that, for whatever reason, cannot afford these important activities.
In order to keep the momentum of this fabulous organization rolling, I encourage all Westporters to join me in sending whatever amount you feel comfortable. Click here to donate online, or send a check to the Police Athletic League: 50 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880.
To learn more about the PAL click here.