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Thursday, February 22 News

Proceeds of firework passes to benefit firefighters' foundation

The Town of Darien Firefighters' Foundation will be hosting Darien's Fourth of July fireworks celebration July 5, with a rain date of July 6.

The fireworks will take place on the grounds of Darien High School, 80 High School Lane, at sunset, approximately 9 p.m. Entrance to the grounds starts at 6 p.m.

Passes, which are $25, are required to park on the Darien High School grounds, and are a donation to the firefighters' foundation. A printed receipt must be displayed in the windshield of vehicles for admittance to high school grounds.

"Darien's volunteer firefighters are our neighbors, friends and people who work in our community," Kesti Aysseh, the foundation board president, said. "They have their own careers and families yet make time and put their lives on the line to protect us from danger at all hours of the day or night."

The foundation is a civilian-run organization that raises funds for the Noroton, Noroton Heights and Darien fire departments.

2014 marks the fourth year that the foundation has hosted the fireworks celebration as a fundraising event. While the money raised by local sponsors directly pays for the fireworks display, parking pass revenue benefits the foundation. Revenue from the fireworks parking passes and other foundation-sponsored events, such as Lobster for Ladders, allows the foundation to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, vehicles, conduct additional training and more. Darien's volunteer firefighters provide set up and clean up, crowd management, and multiple other tasks necessary to organize and run Darien's fireworks.

This year, food vendors will include the addition of trucks from Darien's Bodega Taco Bar and LobsterCraft. Other vendors include Uncle's Deli, Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Melt Mobile, Chunky Pam's Sweet Shoppe, Gofer Ice Cream and Non-stop Donut shop. All food vendors gwill ive 10 percent of their proceeds to the foundation.

The Darien Fireworks Band, under the direction of Jane Minnus, will provide patriotic musical entertainment and perform the national anthem.

Passes can be purchased by visiting www.darienfirefighter.org. Limited parking passes will also be available for sale in the first selectman's office at Darien Town Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For those not choosing to donate to the firefighters' foundation, free off-campus parking is also available. The fireworks display is free and walk-ins to high school grounds are given free admission.