SUISUN CITY — A local nonprofit will again throw its fundraising weight behind a bigger Saturday Night at the Movies and Sunday Jazz Series and will work to bring fireworks back this year to the Christmas at the Waterfront celebration.
Suisun City Council members voiced their support Tuesday for the Suisun City Community Services Foundation’s proposal to make these events its main focus.
“Without your help, we would not have these events,” City Councilman Mike Hudson said of the group of residents he described as “a terrific group of people.”
Suisun City once paid for its public events, such as the fireworks festival and the summertime Friday Night at the Movies, out of its considerable redevelopment fund. When California did away with redevelopment and took the city’s money to balance its own budget, Suisun City had to cut back its public events.
In response, the Suisun City Community Services Foundation was formed to raise money and managed to generate $20,799 in 2013 to pay for Saturday Night at the Movies, the Sunday Jazz Series and Christmas at the Waterfront.
This year, the foundation wants to continue fundraising for those same events. It also wants to fund two additional movie and jazz nights for each of the series, as well as add back a short fireworks show as part of this year’s Christmas on the Waterfront.
Councilman Mike Segala questioned adding back the fireworks given how much that would cost, but Vice Mayor Lori Wilson said a lot of people at last year’s Christmas at the Waterfront asked that the fireworks be brought back.
All of the events proposed for funding will cost more in 2014, according to estimates provided to the council.
The cost of putting on Christmas on the Waterfront is expected to jump from last year’s $15,400 cost to an estimated $22,700, which includes the fireworks show.
Saturday Night at the Movies’ cost will climb from $2,530 to about $4,375 while the Sunday afternoon jazz series’ cost will climb from $3,737 to $8,200. Those costs include the additional shows.
Two events that were cut when redevelopment money went away – June’s Shorefest and the Friday Night Concerts – did not make the list of events that the foundation proposed to fund this year. The foundation would only fund these events if it collects more money than needed to put on its proposed events.
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