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Lathrops 1st fireworks fundraiser net $33,392
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LATHROP – Lathrop’s first fireworks fund-raiser ended with a resounding bang at the cash register.

The five nonprofit groups that took part in the popular July Fourth money-making ventures grossed nearly $ 100,000 based on incomplete reports released by the city’s Finance Director Terri Vigna.

With the fifth group, Lathrop Steelers youth football, still counting their proceeds, the total gross amount generated by the four booths added up to $ 84,840 with the net proceeds totaling $ 33,932.

Below are the gross and net figures of each nonprofit group, including the Lathrop Celebration Committee, as reported by the finance department:

• Lighthouse Community Church (only estimate numbers at this time) - $ 13,000 gross and $ 6,000 net.

• Lathrop Sunrise Rotary - $ 15,489 gross and $ 5,368 net.

• Lathrop Lions Club –
$28,587 gross and $ 9,763 net.

•Lathrop Celebration Committee - $ 27,764 gross and

The Lathrop Celebration Committee was exempted from the lottery process, along with the Lathrop-Manteca Firefighters Union group. The latter, though, bowed out at the last minute because they did not have enough manpower to man their booth.

The Lathrop Celebration Committee was the result of the merger between the Lathrop Birthday and Lathrop Days committees. All funds generated by the fireworks fund-raiser were earmarked for next year’s pyrotechnic display during the celebration of Lathrop’s birthday as an incorporated city. Lack of funds derailed this year’s Lathrop birthday celebration on July 1. For the first time since the Family Picnic in the Park July 1 celebration was started in the late 1990s, no event was held to commemorate Lathrop’s 21st birthday. Instead, the community will celebrate this milestone in September in conjunction with Lathrop Days at the Dell ‘Osso Farms. The week-long Lathrop Days festivities will usher in the Corn Maze and Halloween celebrations, among other major attractions, at Dell ‘Osso Farms.