The Alton - Godfrey Fireworks on the Mississippi was in dire straits a few years ago, when Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst approached Godfrey about helping offset the cost. Godfrey agreed to the tune of $5,000, but a request by volunteers to do the same this year was met with hesitation by one Godfrey Village Trustee.
Last year, the festival was turned into a fundraiser for programs at Alton High School, as well as the Park & Recreation Departments in Alton and Godfrey. Still, with Godfrey now doing its own fireworks display on July 4, Trustee Sarah Johnes (pictured) says she is concerned the village is doing too much with its citizen's money.
The event raised over $31,000 for Alton High School, and $1,000 each for the Park & Recreation Departments in the neighboring communities. Trustees voted to continue funding the event at the $5,000 level, with Johnes being the only "no" vote.