(4/27/12) Tomah’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration received a huge boost of support from the Tomah I Dividers Snowmobile Club on Thursday, when members of the club presented a $5,000 check to help save the fireworks. The check was presented to Chamber Director Chris Hanson and City of Tomah Parks and Recreation Director Joe Protz in front of the Chamber office.
I Divider club member Denny Wagner approached the Chamber with the offer to donate two weeks ago. “We saw in the paper that the fireworks needed support and discussed it at our next meeting,” Wagner said. “It was unanimous. We wanted to help our community.”
Hanson said he was extremely surprised and thrilled at the offer. “When Denny walked in the office and told me they wanted to give us $5,000, I was speechless. It never ceases to amaze me the generosity of our local residents.” Hanson continued to commend the group for their contribution, “You hear about the wonderful civic organizations in town that help with various causes, such as the Lions Club and the Tomah Rotary. The Tomah I Dividers have quietly donated to local causes for many years: Operation Homefront, the Tomah Veterans Memorial, NFN Food Pantry, Tomah Area Cancer Support as well as continuing to offer scholarship programs. It is time that we recognize the I Dividers for everything they have done and thank them for their continuing generosity.”
“We are very happy to help with the fireworks,” I Dividers Club President Darlene Nelson said. “The community has helped support our organization for many years and this is another way we can give back to Tomah.” I Dividers Board Member Glen Bailey added that local landowners deserved much of the credit. “Without the landowners we work with, we wouldn’t be able to offer the great trails we have around Tomah. They truly deserve our thanks,” Bailey said.
The Tomah I Dividers is a local snowmobile club made up of 35 local families. They work with more than 80 landowners to allow snowmobilers access to trails throughout eastern Monroe County. In addition, members of the club help to groom more than 200 miles of local trails to make them ready for snowmobile use. Their efforts have made the Tomah area a top snowmobile destination when we have snow. During the summer, the club raises money by operating beer sales at the Super National Tractor Pull and every other year at the County Fair. Each year, they use the money to donate to local causes.
“The I Dividers are a great group of people who saw we needed help,” Parks and Recreation Director Joe Protz said. “This continues to prove that folks are always willing to support their community. Thank you.”
The fireworks are held each year at Tomah’s Recreation Park and are fired off each year by members of the Tomah Lions Club Pyrotechnics Team. The 2012 fireworks have also received contributions from VanderMeer Motor Company and Exopack, LLC and more donations are needed. A special 4th of July Fireworks account is set up at RIA Federal Credit Union and anyone can stop in to donate.
For more information on the fireworks, contact Chris Hanson at 372-2166.
Christopher R. Hanson
Greater Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce/
Convention and Visitors Bureau
Forward Tomah Development, Inc.