5/3 Bank saves All American Birthday Party; fireworks a go

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - When Fifth Third Bank heard about the cancellation of the All American Birthday Party, they stepped in with a generous gift to save the event and fireworks that have become a hometown tradition on the Fourth of July.

The event is on July 4th at Sawyers Point and Yeatman's Cove with live music starting at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. Sawyer's Point is located at 705 East Pete Rose Way.

"This annual event has become an important tradition for many families and members of the greater Cincinnati community," said Mike Michael, President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Greater Cincinnati). "As the hometown bank, Fifth Third is committed to serving the needs of our community, and we are pleased to partner with the City, the Park Board and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation to extend that support in celebration of our community, our country's birthday, and in recognition of our active and veteran military service men and women."

"We are thankful for Fifth Third stepping up as a corporate leader that enables us all to continue to enjoy the July 4th fireworks here in Cincinnati, especially as Fourth of July celebrations across the country continue to face significant budget challenges," said City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr.

Willie F. Carden, Jr., Director of Cincinnati Parks stated that, "In light of the difficult budget, the Park Board could not justify the expenditure of hosting this event when we may be looking at additional spending cuts just to get through 2011. Fifth Third's generosity and community spirit have saved this Cincinnati tradition and the Park Board and the City of Cincinnati are thrilled to present the Fifth Third All American Birthday Party this year."

"The Cincinnati Parks Foundation relies on individual and corporate donors to sustain and beautify Cincinnati Parks. The Foundation is proud to partner with Fifth Third Bank for the presentation of the Fifth Third Bank All American Birthday Party and thanks them for their generosity and dedication to their hometown," said Cathy Crain, President of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation.

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