2013 Letter

Dear Lake Burton Resident,

My name is Hal Rhoad and along with my wife Page, we are second-generation homeowners on Lake Burton, now full time residents. For 30+ years I have volunteered my time annually to organize a professional fireworks display for the enjoyment of Lake Burton resident families, guests, and the Rabun County community. With your help, let’s collectively have a great evening of fun and celebrate America’s Birthday!

Last year we significantly increased the size of the show from $23K to $30K after a very generous post-tornado 2011, with $35K received. However, in 2012, last years’ donations fell short with less than $30K received. I have ordered a $30K show again this year knowing I can count on you to push our reserve funds up (see financials) so that we can maintain a $30K show or more.

Individual contributions from our supporters are the only source of funds for this fireworks show; there has never been a corporate sponsor.

We will have a $30K show from Pyrotecnico with total expenses of about $35,000. Full financial disclosure of income and expenses is archived on our website, www.lakeburtonfireworks.com under the Financials tab and included in this mailing.

We are again requesting a donation of $50/family (see contributors list) but are appreciative of whatever you choose to send. You can donate through the website with a credit card via PayPal or send us a check per below.

Lake Burton Fireworks
5805 State Bridge Rd
Suite G 238
Johns Creek, GA 30097

This year’s show will be Saturday July 6th, 2013. It is always 9:30PM off Billy Goat Island. Our rain delay policy is that we delay the show up to 1 hour before deciding if we have to go to Sunday night July 7th, 2013. The set up, storage, and shooting crew issues make it very difficult to go to the following Saturday night.
Pyrotecnico, New Castle, PA www.pyrotecnico.com is again our show producer. They are one of the largest producers of fireworks displays in the world. They are fully insured via a $10M general liability policy and have an excellent safety record.

Let me again emphasize the importance of boating safety during this event. Please, treat the lake as a NO WAKE ZONE the evening of the show. Slow down and enjoy the ride. Also, stay back from the shooting site at least 900 feet to avoid falling embers from the shells. Check your lights, life jackets, and fire extinguisher before idling to the show site.

Promotional assistance from the following organizations is really appreciated:
Lake Burton Civic Association, Becky Callahan, President
West Rabun Property Owners, Charlie Brundage, President
Lake Burton Road Runners Club, sponsors of the Lake Burton Fun Run, founder Robert Nichols
Many thanks also to our Volunteer Fire Departments, the Mountain Patrol, and Georgia Power.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/lakeburtonfireworks and leave a comment or send us a photo of your family celebrating the 4th of July on Lake Burton. Also, consider sending us an email at info@lakeburtonfireworks.com so that we may add you to our email list and work toward going paperless.

Thanks again for your generous support! Have a safe and memorable summer on beautiful Lake Burton!