Chamber of Commerce needs community donations to pay for July 4 celebration

The Fourth of July is only two months away, and fundraising for the annual Taft Chamber of Commerce July 4 celebration is gearing up to fund another night of fireworks over Rails to Trails and the Oilworker Monument.

The Chamber got a boost on Tuesday when the Taft City Council voted unanimously to donate $2,500 towards the cost of the pyrotechnics, but that's less than 10 percent of the total cost of the show.

Chamber Executive Director Kathy Orrin said a patriotic show is important to Taft and urged people to donate.

"We pride ourselves in the fact our community supports the community fireworks show and the fact that people are extremely generous," Orrin said. "Even when times are tough Taft folks support support the chance to celebrate being an American."
The Chamber is holding another "Fund the Fireworks" drive on Friday at the corner of Fourth and Kern.
Volunteers will be seeking donations from motorists as they come to the stop signs.
There will be help from students in Taft College's Transition to Independent Living Program, Taft Union High School's Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) law enforcement students and the California Highway Patrol Buttonwillow Explorer Post.

Kern County firefighters are expected to help out as well if they are not busy with emergencies.

Fundraising will go on from 8 a.m. until noon.