Spirit of AF fireworks not dampened by inclement weather
JC Mayes, a 20-year Ahwatukee Foothills resident and photography enthusiast, had his camera on hand for 2009's "Red, White and Boom!" fireworks celebration at Ahwatukee Country Club.

Red, White and Boom!

When: Saturday, July 3. Event starts at 6 p.m., fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Where: Ahwatukee Foothills Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St.

Cost: Free admission

More information: www.ahwatukeechamber.com

"We're good. We made it," said Paulette Pacioni, vice president of communications and marketing for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, which is putting on the festival. "Anything now donated will go toward next year's show."

Fundraising for the event came down to the wire. The chamber was short $15,000 as late as last week.

That's when Ahwatukee businessman Darin Fisher, CEO of Vision Community management, stepped up to the plate and pledged to donate the final $5,000 if the community came through with $10,000. Fisher's pledge was on top of $5,000 his company had already donated to the fireworks show.

San Tan Ford offered $2,000 on Thursday and District 2 Phoenix City Councilwoman Peggy Neely donated $600, putting the collection over that $10,000 mark, Pacioni said.

Attendees will be able to enjoy live music, games, refreshments and a flag-raising ceremony by Ahwatukee's branch of the American Legion.

And the 9 p.m. fireworks show will include a special treat to make up for last year's show, which was cut short.

"From what I understand, the Arizona Fireworks Productions has a special finale planned for us," Pacioni said.

The last 10 to 12 minutes of the 2009 fireworks display were cut off due to an incoming storm, Pacioni said.

"The wind just started coming up, and the fire marshal wouldn't let any more go off. He said it was too dangerous," Pacioni said.

Because of that, Ahwatukee got a bit of a credit on fireworks. This year's show should last about 30 minutes, including the special finale.

Gates open at 6 p.m. July 3 at the Ahwatukee Foothills Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St.

Event organizers are requesting attendees come in through the 48th Street entrance. That entrance will be closed to cars beginning at 8 p.m. to prepare for the 9 p.m. fireworks show, but latecomers will still be able to walk in.

Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or akeim@ahwatukee.com


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