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Starbucks, Microsoft chip in for Seattle fireworks

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 6:30pm
The Associated Press

Starbucks Corp. and Microsoft Corp. have each chipped in $125,000 toward an effort to save the only remaining major July 4 fireworks show in Seattle.

Restaurateur and chef Tom Douglas started the effort Thursday when he pledged $5,000 toward a fireworks display. He urged other business leaders to come forward to save the show.

KIRO Radio's Dave Ross said he'd contribute $1,000 of his own money. Charlie's Produce in Seattle added $10,000 and other Seattle businesses are making pledges as well.

On Wednesday, One Reel, the arts and events production organization that organizes the show, announced that it was not able to secure a corporate sponsor for the annual fireworks show, which attracts tens of thousands of people each summer to the shores of Lake Union.

Now, One Reel Marketing Director and Communications Director Mikhael Mei Williams says this year's show will go on if pledges totaling $500,000 can be raised by next week.

Washington Mutual had sponsored the show for eight years before it collapsed in 2008. Chase, which absorbed Washington Mutual, agreed to sponsor the show for one year.

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