Milford supports Labor Day parade fundraiser
MILFORD – It has been less than three weeks since the Harley Sanford Post 4368 established a fundraiser to help pay for the ever-rising costs of the Milford Labor Day parade.
"Already we are seeing donations coming in at a promising rate" said Doug Bianchi, quartermaster of the post.
Over the years, the parade has attracted civic organizations, businesses and other local groups to march alongside several marching bands from all over the region. This has been a great source of family entertainment, drawing an average of more than 25,000 spectators, annually.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars post has lead the organizing and funding of this annual event since its inception.
"At one time, the VFW paid for the entire cost of the bands and other participants who charged for their appearance in the parade," Bianchi said.
However, the VFW can no longer pay for the entire cost of the parade, estimated at $12,000, by itself. And, unlike other activities held in town, the Labor Day parade produces no revenue; it is intended to be just a wonderful day of family entertainment.
"Our current source of funding for the parade is coming in part from financial assistance through the Milford Board of Selectmen," said Steve Sears, commander of the Milford VFW post. "However, the majority of the costs will have to be covered by individual donations made by local citizens and businesses."
The first local businessperson to step up and support the parade was James Buchanan, president of Buchanan Construction Co., located in Wilton, who donated $250.
Large and small donations are beginning to flow into the fund.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of soliciting donations by local resident Jeane Waterman, a supporter of the VFW, she has been pleasantly surprised at the generosity she has seen so far.
"I am very gratified at the reception I have gotten from local people and businesses," Waterman said. "They all seem to understand the importance of keeping our Labor Day parade, a continuing family event in Milford."
For more information on how you can become a sponsor of the 2016 Labor Day parade, contact the Milford VFW at 673-9817 or vfwpost4368@gmail. com.