Janae Fear, staff writer

FIREWORKS HELP – RightWay Automotive Regional Manager Doug White (second from right) presented a check for $10,000 to Corunna Mayor Charles Kerridge (right) during the Monday, Oct. 19, City Council meeting. Also present were Corunna City Manager Joe Sawyer (left) and Chairman of the Fourth of July Commission Angie Fernette. Half will cover the unpaid sponsorship of the 2015 Fourth of July fireworks and the other half in sponsorship of the 2016 Fourth of July fireworks display. (Independent Photo/JANAE FEAR)

When RightWay Automotive saw the news online that the city of Corunna was having to cover the costs of the unpaid Patsy Lou sponsorship for the 2015 Fourth of July fireworks and find a new sponsor for the 2016 fireworks, they decided to step up. “We have a lot of good customers in the area and we just said let’s do it. It was an easy decision,” said Doug White, regional manager of RightWay Automotive. White, who has lived in Bennington Township for the past two years, has never attended the annual fireworks but stated that he certainly will next year and he imagines his whole team will as well.

White presented a check for $10,000 at the Corunna City Council meeting, Monday, Oct. 19. RightWay Automotive is a Saginaw-based chain of 24 used car dealerships across Michigan, Illinois and Ohio specializing in helping people obtain cars regardless of their credit or financial situation. Locally they have dealerships in Saginaw, Flint and Lansing.

The city is still looking for sponsorships for the all-day festival which usually costs between $25,000 to $30,000. “Most of the activities are free or very low cost and we would like to keep it that way,” said Corunna City Manager Joe Sawyer. “The Fourth of July Commission will continue to hold fundraisers but we could really use some sponsorships.” To assist with the fundraising efforts, a Plumfund has been set up and can be found at plumfund.com.

Major Help For Fireworks was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by Karen Elford