The Chamber of Commerce of Choteau organizes this month the calendar of the fireworks of July 4th. Raffle tickets costing $20 each are on sale, offering the holder a chance to win daily draws for $50 Monday through Thursday, for $100 on Fridays, and for a St. Patrick’s Day gift basket in March.
“We all love the Choteau fireworks on the evening of the 4th of July,” said fundraiser chair Cody Marney, and this is the first of several fundraisers planned to pay for the annual spectacle. of independence day.
An estimated $12,000 is needed for the show, and the fireworks account currently only has about $3,000.
The Fireworks Cash calendar has the potential to raise $3,200 or more for the fireworks fund if at least 200 tickets are purchased.
Tickets are on sale at the Choteau City Office and Edge Salon and Spa and can be ordered online via Venmo or Paypal. Marney says he prefers people using Venmo because it doesn’t charge a processing fee like Paypal does.
To buy online, people must use their smart phone to download the Venmo app, register, and then send money to “Cody-Marney”. “It sounds complicated, but it’s really super easy,” he said.
Those who purchase raffle tickets will be able to have their ticket raffled off for a cash prize of $50 Monday through Thursday and $100 on Friday of each week in March. On St. Patrick’s Day, winning tickets will be drawn for a gift basket filled with items donated by local businesses and organizations.
Tickets remain in the raffle all month, so there is a chance that ticket holders could win multiple times.
The Choteau Fireworks Fund is funded entirely by individual donations and proceeds from various fundraisers. People who just want to make a cash donation can mail donations to the Town of Choteau, PO Box 619, Choteau, MT 59422, or drop off a donation at the town office.
Marney and Kate Lohman also plan to hold the fireworks fundraiser in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt on the Saturday before Easter Sunday (April 16).
Later this spring, the Town of Choteau will put donation boxes at various businesses in Choteau to receive donations of coins, cash or checks.