Bemus Point, Chautauqua County, N.Y. (WKBW) -- A bicentennial celebration we told you about just a few days ago ... that was cancelled because funding for the historic event was cut...is now back on ! A decision by the Chautauqua County Legislature to eliminate funding for the summer time Bemus Point pops concerts...meant something had to be cut.
"We in turn had to go back and look at our whole budget because now we're missing 9000 dollars. We couldn't find any additional sponsors to pick up that slack so we were forced to cancel one of the shows, which turned out to be the bicentennial event that we were planning," explained Dan Dalpa an organizer of the Bemus Point Pops.
Because of a story you saw here on Eyewitness News and in a local newspaper...word began to spread throughout the county. Now DFT Communications...a local company... has stepped up and will donate 88 hundred dollars to save the Bemus Point Stow Ferry Bicentennial Celebration. "We saw that there was a need there. We wanted to try every way we could to try and fill that need for the area. We were able to come together and after talking with Mark Maytum, who's the president of our company, we decided that the DFT could fill that need and we moved ahead and were able to commit to it," said Dan Siracuse of DFT Communications.
Each weekend, the well know pops concerts take place on a floating stage in Chautauqua Lake. Big summer time crowds are good for local businesses. "Two thousand to five thousand, depending on the day and how the turn out goes...so it can be as high five thousand people coming into Bemus Point. And, obviously that's good for the area and good for the businesses in that area. And, that's what we are all about...trying help business in the southern tier succeed," added Mark Maytum, president of the company>
Next weekend's special events will go on and that includes our own Mike Randall's appearence as Mark Twain.