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March 28, 2006 > Fremont Fourth of July Parade Receives Generous Sponsorships

Fremont Fourth of July Parade Receives Generous Sponsorships

Organizers Seek Nominations of 'Local Heroes'

by Co-Chair Patty Hitchcock

The Fourth of July Parade was originally carried out by the City of Fremont, but since 2003, it has been a volunteer-run event paid for by private donations. The number of entries in the parade has increased from 76 entrees in 2003 to 82 entries in 2004 and 92 in 2005. As the event grows larger, the fundraising effort grows as well. Organizers hope to raise approximately $50,000 more, an amount that would enable them to accommodate the expenses of this year's larger parade and provide "seed money" for next year's parade.

Sponsorships for the 2006 Fremont Fourth of July Parade have started rolling in boosting what has been and, with community support, will continue to be a great event. Organizers announced that Celebrate Fremont, the community-based planning organization for Fremont's 50th Anniversary celebration, will be a $25,000 sponsor of the parade. Members of the Celebrate Fremont Board of Directors will present an oversized version of the check at the next meeting of the parade committee on Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Irvington High School, Room 24.

Irene Koehler, chair of the Celebrate Fremont steering committee says "The annual parade is a positive, family-friendly event with a history of community-wide involvement, and this year it will honor Fremont's past, present, and future."

"We are delighted to receive such substantial support from Celebrate Fremont," said Patty Hitchcock, co-chair of the event. "Each year the parade has grown, and we expect that 2006 will be the biggest of all. It's a great parade, and we encourage groups throughout the city to contact us about getting involved."

Another generous contributor is Mark Robson, owner of Mayfield Homes. Mark has supported the parade for the last three years and will continue his support of the community this year with a much appreciated sponsorship of $15,000. There have been other donations from supporters that have come in as well.

In recognition of the city's anniversary, the theme for this year will be "Honoring Hometown Heroes." In order to carry out the theme, parade organizers are seeking nominations for "local heroes" to be featured in the parade, people who have served Fremont or have made a significant contribution to the community in some way. Nominations may be made by contacting Patty Hitchcock at 510-226-9323.

Now in its eighth year, the Fourth of July Parade has been an increasingly popular tradition in Fremont. Each year, the honor of hosting the parade travels from district to district so that participants and spectators all get to enjoy the event in different parts of town. This year the parade is tentatively planned to start on Grimmer Blvd. and end at Irvington High School. More information about sponsoring, nominations, the parade and other information is available at or by e-mailing

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