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Jeff Doan (Left) and Mike Gwizdala front and center at the Saturday morning telethon at BARTS.

Fireworks Telethon Gears Up for 2014 Event

July 3, 4, 5 -- 2014

March 1, 2014       Leave a Comment
By: O. J. Cunningham

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It's all fun and games when the Bay City Fireworks Telethon goes on the air each year.

This is the 28th Annual Telethon and the March 1-2 fundraiser is for the upcoming 52nd Annual Bay City Fireworks celebration set for next July. The goal this year is to raise $20,000 in preparation for the upcoming Bay City 2014 fireworks weekend -- July 3, 4, 5.

Doug Clark, Bay City Fireworks Festival president keeps everybody focused and pointed in the right direction. "It's a labor of love for everybody involved," Clark said.

But it's Jeff Doan and Mike Gwizdala that are front and center during most of the two-day Bay3TV telecast that drives people to watch, bid and make the cash registers ring.

Jeff Doan says this telethon event is nothing but fun for him. "I come over to BARTS and get to hang out all weekend with Gwiz (Mike Gwizdala)," Doan said on Saturday morning. "It"s just a great time. I wouldn't miss it for the world.

Gwizdala has been working for the fireworks event for 15+ years. "The first telethon was back in the early 80's," Gwizdala said. Gwizdala pointed out that the telethon has been held at Studio 23, both the old and new Labadie car dealerships and was also held at the Bay City Mall Center Stage.

We'll be here tonight 'til 10pm or so, Gwizdala said. "And then we'll be back Sunday morning at 8am and be on Bay3TV for most of the day/night.

The telethon can also be seen online at . . .

Fireworks Festival President Doug Clark chats with Mary Ida Doan during the Telethon.
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Telethon volunteer Dave Nelsen "hams it up" for the camera. "This fundraising is hard work," Nelsen laughed. "Everybody here is having fun and working towarda great cause."
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Winner Take All (From Lapeer) perform during the weekend Telethon. Band members are Kirk Ervin, Casey Lilley, Victor Owen and Greg Spencer. See more at
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Another item goes up for auction as Doan and Gwizdala work the television crowd..
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O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.

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