Minnesota Nonprofits Partner with Leading Fireworks Distributor to Raise Funds

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-- TNT Fireworks and local organizations team up to sell legal fireworks across the state --

We earn more money selling fireworks for two weeks than the combined total of half a dozen other fundraising initiatives.

TNT Fireworks, the nation’s largest fireworks distributor, works with Minnesota nonprofit organizations statewide to raise funds and sell legal fireworks to local communities each year.

“Nonprofit organizations are looking for creative ways to raise funds and beat the economy,” says Sherri Fallin, spokesperson for TNT Fireworks East. “Our partnerships with local nonprofits in Minnesota prove successful every year – and 2012 is shaping up to be better than ever.”

In 2011’s community outreach program, TNT provided legal fireworks, as well as an entire day of safety education, to more than 50 Minnesota nonprofits, raising more than $190,000. Since 2007, more than 280 nonprofits across the state have raised more than $1.2 million in working with TNT.

“Many of our programs would not be possible without selling fireworks in partnership with TNT,” says Matthew Wyatt, community outreach representative for several Minnesota nonprofits. “We earn more money selling fireworks for two weeks than the combined total of half a dozen other fundraising initiatives.”

Wyatt has served as liaison between TNT Fireworks and Bridgeview Church in Monticello, Minn. for the past four years. In 2010, Bridgeview’s fireworks fundraiser raised more than $4,000 in less than two weeks, the majority of which went directly to the annual provision of school supplies to local families in need.

In the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, TNT sends legal fireworks and representatives to help set-up tents and stands to ease the labor-intensive burden on partner organizations, which then participate in a required day of safety education known as TNT University.

Americans are safely celebrating with fireworks now more than ever, whether welcoming the New Year or commemorating our nation’s independence on the Fourth of July. From 1976 through 2009, fireworks consumption increased more than 630 percent. During the same time period, fireworks-related injuries in the United States plummeted from 38.3 to 3.3 – per 100,000 pounds consumed, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

Popular outdoor activities such as bicycling, swimming, playing soccer, riding skateboards and even fishing were shown by CPSC to cause more injuries than fireworks for children ages 2-15 in a 30-day time frame in summer 2010, which included the Fourth of July.

For more information or to register an organization to participate in a TNT fundraiser, visit http://www.tntfireworks.com, or call (256) 764-6131.

ABOUT TNT FIREWORKS
TNT® Fireworks (TNT) is the nation’s largest distributor of consumer fireworks and novelty items. For more than 50 years, TNT has set the benchmark for safety, customer satisfaction, innovation and quality in the fireworks industry. For more information about TNT Fireworks, visit http://www.tntfireworks.com.

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