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Walmart Funds Loch Raven Fireworks

The $10,000 donation helps keep the display going for 2012.

Loch Raven's popular display will go on, with help from an unlikely donor.

donated $10,000 to the Associates of Loch Raven Village, County Councilman David Marks announced Tuesday. The community association funds the annual fireworks display with donations from area residents, but said in November that for a necessary down payment on the $10,000 fireworks display.

Without the down payment, the community association could have lost the permit that has allowed them to launch the fireworks from the field at for the past several years. The fireworks show has been a tradition in Loch Raven for more than 20 years.

Sarkin said she was "astounded" when she first heard in December that Walmart would foot the bill for the display.

"What they said to me was that they wanted to give back to the community because we put so much into Walmart by going there all the time," she said Tuesday.

In an interview, Marks added that also donated $1,000 to help defray the cost of future fireworks.

"I think it's a wonderful for the community," he said. "These are very expensive events to host, more expensive than people think, and these are the only fireworks in the Towson area."

Parkvillehoney April 10, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Kudos to Walmart. It is great to hear something positive about Walmart and for this corporation to be a good community neighbor! Thank you to Walmart.
johnny towson April 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Tim, I sense that you needed an opportunity to vent concerning Walmart. That assumed, this was the wrong time. Many of us in Loch Raven spend a lot of time and money at this Walmart. The fact that they are giving $10,000, no small amount of money, to a community event that is as "apple-pie" as they come, is quite honorable. It would be a shame for communities like ours, to lose these events. I am happy that Walmart and Heritage stepped up and that the Associates of LRV and David Marks care enough to keep the community and its neighbors at the forefront of their efforts.
Tyler Waldman April 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Hi Tim, The show costs about $10,000, so Walmart's donation covers this year's display.
Tyler Waldman April 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Oh, also, there is a Paypal button to support the fireworks on Loch Raven Village's site: http://www.lochravenvillage.com/dues.html

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