TNT Fireworks® Announces West Region Charity Contest Winner

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American Veterans Post #56 awarded $20,000

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This money has helped our organization tremendously

TNT Fireworks announced today that American Veterans (AMVETS) Post #56 in Tulare, Calif. is the winner of its west region charity contest. Winners were chosen randomly from non-profit organizations that operate TNT stands and tents to supplement their fund raising activities.

AMVETS Post #56 had the choice of two prizes – either a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado or a cash prize. The organization choose the cash payout. “This money has helped our organization tremendously,” said Rod Blackman, finance officer for American Veterans Post #56. “Many of our programs, which are designed to provide support and aid for veterans and their families, will experience an immediate positive impact because of these winnings.”

TNT Fireworks has assisted organizations such as AMVETS Post #56 for several years by deploying a model fundraiser whereby non-profits operate TNT stands and tents across the country, collectively raising more than $20 million annually. The fundraising relationship TNT develops with the non-profits benefits each party involved in different ways, but the end result is shared – by selling consumer sparklers, non-profit organizations can continue meeting the critical needs of their community.

“In these economic times, charity organizations can use all the help they can get,” explains Tad Trout, president of TNT Fireworks West. “This contest allows us to recognize those organizations who have accepted the challenges facing non-profits and have joined forces with us to creatively address the needs of their community.”

AMVETS is one of America’s foremost veteran service associations. For more than 60 years, the volunteer-led organization has provided support for veterans and active military in procuring their earned entitlements. Additionally, the organization is committed to community service designed to benefit all citizens of the United States.

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

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