Fundraising is slow for a Vancouver parade entry

By Sue Vorenberg, Columbian features reporter

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The effort to return a Vancouver float to the Portland Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade on June 8 -- after a 19-year absence -- might have to wait another year.

Two local businessmen -- Byron Jacobus, owner of Water & Air Works, and Ron Carr, director of community development for the Vancouver Volcanoes -- have been trying since December to raise between $40,000 and $50,000 to build a float.

So far, they've collected about $5,000 from local businesses and residents through their "Vancouver Rose Festival Float" account at Riverview Community Bank. They would need to reach at least $20,000 by the end of April to make the 2013 festival parade a feasible goal, Carr said.

"I think it's still doable, but we need some heavy-hitter business to step up," Carr said. "The other possibility is, we pull this to a halt this year and move it to next year. We've talked to our sponsors and they're OK with that."

The effort doesn't have a website or Facebook page yet, so the extra year could give them time to put together a stronger fundraising plan, Carr added.

"We've been doing this on the cheap," Carr said. "This is really a citywide, community effort."


Sue Vorenberg: 360-735-4457; http://twitter.com/col_SueVo; sue.vorenberg@columbian.com.