Special presentation at Stuart City Commission meeting recognizes July 4th donors

A presentation at tonight’s Stuart City Commission meeting will recognize many of the businesses, individuals and volunteers who helped make Stuart Main Street’s fireworks display possible the past two years. The annual display, which attracts several thousand visitors to Stuart’s waterfront downtown for music, children’s activities, and – of course – fireworks, has a budget of approximately $50,000, funded solely from contributions.

Local businessman Todd Harris of Crown Car Care was this year’s presenting sponsor. Harris challenged local businesses and citizens to match his contribution, and many rose to the challenge, making contributions ranging from as little as $5 to as much as $11,000.

“We were both touched and impressed by the way the community supported downtown Stuart and this Fourth of July tradition this year,” said Stuart Main Street Manager, Thondra Lanese. “Many people are still struggling in this economy, but when news got out that we were having trouble raising the funds for this year’s celebration both individuals and companies came forward to help make sure it happened.”

The celebration is coordinated by Stuart Main Street with generous donations from all walks of the community, including: Todd Harris’ Crown Car Care, Treasure Coast Toyota-Scion of Stuart and Treasure Coast Lexus of Fort Pierce “The Family Stores,” Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Ron Hart and Earthtones, Southern Eagle Distributing, the City of Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency, the Historic Stuart Downtown Business Association, St. Lucie Medical Center, Bottom’s Up Beverage, Seacoast National Bank, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill, Florida Power & Light, Wallace Automotive, All Spiced Up, Kilwin’s, Whiticar Boat Works, Captec Engineering, Treasure Coast Multimedia, Stuart Jeweler’s, Matilda’s, Argento Jewelry, Duffy’s Sports Grill, Mark and Marilyn Gravitt, David and Marilyn Jordahl, Julia San Severe, Albert G. Interiors, Caramba!, the Gauze Shop, and many anonymous donations from private individuals.John Pierson and Mulligan’s Beach House Restaurant were lead sponsors for the 2010 celebration.

Stuart Main Street is a historic preservation-based program dedicated to building a healthy, vital downtown area through community self-reliance and a focus on the downtown’s traditional assets: personal service, local ownership, unique architecture, and sense of community. Formed in 1987, the group follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country.

Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, call 772-286-2848.