The Alton- Godfrey Fireworks on the Mississippi was not only an artistic success, but apparently a financial one as well. The numbers are in, and the event raised over $31,000 for Alton High School, and $1,000 each for the Park & Recreation Departments in the neighboring communities. There was also a $5,000 check presented to Alton, representing the Village of Godfrey's donation to the event.
The traditional pyrotechnics display and music returned to Riverfront Park with a band playing before and after the fireworks at the Alton Amphitheater. Event coordinator Vern Van Hoy says the event holds a lot of tradition, and he wanted to see that continue last year when Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst approached him about helping the event continue.
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The exact number wound up at $31,063.28. That will be divided between the Alton Athletic Association and Marching 100. Additionally, Mac's Time Out had a stand on the grounds of the event selling food. They netted $500 profit from the stand. Mac's is giving $250 to the Alton Athletic Association and $250 to The Marching 100.