Hot summer events might be on ice

Hot summer events might be on ice

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - In a letter to stakeholders the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce said they've enjoyed their partnership with Cool Desert Nights and The River of Fire but it's time to focus their funding on local businesses.

The Chamber said it will organize the car show through 2018 but July's fireworks show, which cost $69,000 to organize, was its last.

Evelyn Lusignan from the City of Kennewick said the fireworks aren't going away,

"I don't think anybody wants to see it cancelled. I believe our community really wants to keep this event. I know the city of Kennewick really wants to see it continue."

She said the Tri-Cities has a lot of people who like to be involved,

"We've always had businesses step in and provide assistance. Nonprofit groups step in to help."

Lusignan said a lot of great things happen in the Tri-Cities when folks partner with their local government,

"We're just really lucky to have so many people get involved."

HAPO Credit Union is a major sponsor of both events.

Crystal Contreras is the Communications Director at HAPO agreed about partnerships,

"Both events can be utilized as a fundraising opportunity for a nonprofit or other organizations in our area."

Contreras said HAPO doesn't want to see the events go anywhere,

"Don't worry! We have a strong community and a lot of people that will step up and support the event and help plan the event as well. They're definitely not dead."

Lusignan agreed but said it will take time to figure out how to make that happen,

"I feel confident with the outreach and now that we know we need to find a solution that we can have multiple people at the table coming up with some great ideas and continue this."

If you're interested in partnering with the City of Kennewick as a sponsor for next years fireworks, call 509-585-4265.

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