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May 20, 2009 > July Fourth funds fizzling

July Fourth funds fizzling

By Meenu Gupta

Preparations are in full swing for Fremont's annual 4th of July parade, as the time for marching bands, red, white and blue colors and picnics is just round the corner.

"We do currently have a $40,000 budget shortfall, as we have been operating off of the funds left over from last year's event," said Jan Giovannini-Hill, 2009 parade chair. "We need to replace those funds as well as raise some of our own for this year's event and to hand off to next year's group."

Parading through all five districts from Mission San Jose in 1999 to Centerville last year, the community tradition comes to Warm Springs this summer.

"We are very proud to host this event in Warm Springs this year, and numerous leaders are working hard behind the scenes to make it a memorable, free, family-friendly event for the greater community," she added.

This year's theme is "Spirit of the Springs!" The parade features marching bands, floats, balloons and Grand Marshal Evelyn 'Brownie' Rose. Kevin Wing and Adnan Shahab will be announcers, and stage entertainment will be provided by Michael McNevin.

"There are about 45 days left, and we still could use major donations and sponsors," Giovannini-Hill emphasized. "We understand that it is the nature of this type of planning where individual and corporate donors and sponsors find it difficult in August or October to think about funding a future Independence Day Parade the following July. Our steering committee has been diligently working for over a year now on the various aspects of this year's event, so that everything goes smoothly on the big day.

"The 'Fremont 4th of July Parade' is now a nonprofit organization, so any funds collected are only used for this parade and/or are rolled over as 'seed money' to the next year's hosting district for their 4th of July Parade event."

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve Cho at or Kevin Wing at Contributions can be made online at
or by check to: Fremont 4th of July Parade 2009, P O Box 1372, Fremont, CA 94538.

"We have several confirmed entries, including the San Francisco Renegades and the Santa Clara Vanguard drum and bugle corps, Sharkie from the San Jose Sharks, the Oakland Raiderettes, and many more," Giovannini-Hill continued.

Interested parties should contact Parade Coordinator Ray Pulver of Upbeat Parade Productions at All entries must complete a parade entry application, available at

This year, there will also be an "after-parade event" where parade participants can choose to perform on small stages. The Warm Springs Little League will host refreshments out of their Snack Shack as judges select winners for plaques and cash prizes.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your group or organization to the greater Tri-City area. Email to request an entry packet.

Volunteer opportunities
Those interested in lending help may chose from several volunteer opportunities like staging and de-staging activities, parade day parking coordinator, street and vehicle decorations and set-up. Banner carriers, VIP coordinator, Grand Marshal coordinator, and balloon handlers (must be at least 18) are also needed. Contact Maggie Pederson at, Michelle Koan at, Roberta Fisher at, or Patty Kelbe at

"All in all, we are hopeful of creating another 'best ever' parade event in Fremont, as these events rotate from one original historic township or district to the next each year," concluded Giovannini-Hill. "We are especially grateful to our many volunteers and to the donors and financial sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible."

4th of July Planning Meeting
June 2, 15, 29 and July 1
7:15 p.m.
Warm Springs Cabana Club
251 Goldenrain Ave., Fremont
(510) 651-4723

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