Next year will mark a milestone for a local service provider and it could be a “bang-up” summer, if a plan that was hatched Tuesday night comes to pass.
Sunflower Diversified Services Executive Director Jim Johnson met with the Great Bend City Council Tuesday night to get its blessing for Sunflower to take on the Fourth of July fireworks show, which has lapsed in recent years, due to a lack of support.
Johnson wrote to City Administrator Howard Partington that the event would be a good one for Sunflower to support in its 45th year.
“In 2011, Sunflower will celebrate its 45th anniversary of providing services for persons with developmental disabilities. We see this as something we can do to give back to a community that has supported us and those we serve over these many years.”
Tuesday night, Johnson said he’s been discussing the issue with people in the community who have been disappointed that the public display was discontinued and he’s hoping that there will be enough financial support available to return the program next year.
Sunflower will take on the task of conducting a fundraising effort, working with the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on details of how the event was sponsored in the past.
Johnson said the only reason the event would not be held next year, would be if there are not enough sponsors. “We don’t think that will be the case.”