FLAG DAY PARADE IN JEOPARDY: LA MESA SEEKS SPONSORS, DONORS TO SAVE ANNUAL EVENT

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January 31, 2009 (La Mesa) -- Faced with a budget gap, La Mesa's City Council has voted not to provide financial support for the City's Flag Day Parade this year. To save the popular community event, some councilmembers and community leaders have launched a one-week fundraising drive in hopes of saving the community's parade.

"Despite the financial challenges/circumstances facing our community an effort to raise $10,500 in 6 days in underway," Councilman Ernest Ewin said in an e-mail sent to community members. "This saving effort was initiated by Shannon O'Dunn, recent candidate for our City Council. Many have joined her as we believe that continuing this unique example of Patriotism and Community is more crucial now than ever," said Ewin, adding that the parade is a non-partisan community effort. "We have raised $1,000 already- My $500.00 pledge included."

The City welcomes donations and pledges from community groups, companies, tribes, individual donors and political interests of any party. Funds will be used to offset City expenses including police, fire, and public works overtime services.

"We will work to find the means to fund this event going forward," said Ewin. If you or your organization would like to help save La Mesa's Flag Day Parade, please contact Ernest Ewin at (619)339-8156.