The Greater Glenside Patriotic Association
"All are paid -- absolutely!"
Reference is to the array of quality and novel musical/marching units that perform in Glenside's annual 4th of July parade, an afternoon highlight of an Independence Day celebration that also includes a children's morning program and after-dark fireworks.
Members of the Greater Glenside Patriotic Association (GGPA), sponsor of the celebration in Abington and Cheltenham Townships, continue being asked, year-round, if features in the popular, heavily attended "Grand, Glorious, Patriotic Parade" perform freely or with cost.
Excluding community police, fire, emergency, service, civic and religious groups, all musical and marching participants are paid by the non-profit GGPA. The entire day-into-night event, embarking on its 114th year in 2017, now has an annual cost that exceeds $55,000. Of that sum, more than $35,000 is required for the parade, with $15,000 paid for the fireworks spectacular.
Clearly, all financial and in-kind contributions are welcomed and appreciated by, and vitally important to, the GGPA, now well into planning for the next celebration of Monday, July 4! Deserving of special and gratifying recognition as major donors are Susquehanna Bank, Herschel Elias and the Elias Family Charitable Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Fitzgerald's Tire & Auto Service, Goodman Properties, Republic Bank, The Glenside Pub, William R. May Funeral Home, Rau Animal Hospital, Kelly-Cataldi Home, Dino's Backstage, John Gillespie, North Penn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 676, Abington Township, Adcock Pools, Keswick Commons, Bill Hall Entertainment and Events, Aqua Charitable Trust, Arcadia University, Abington Township Police Association, Cheltenham Township, Quinn & Wilson Realtor Carol Gillespie, Abington-Rockledge Democratic Committee (ARDC) and Ameriglow-Ultralights.
Also, Abington Township Tax Collector/Treasurer Jay Blumenthal, William R. Smith Accounting, Bryner Chevrolet, Primex Garden Center, Gerhard's Appliances, Quinn & Wilson Realtor Carol Godfrey, Jon Fox Law Offices, LLC, Abington Auto Care, O'Neill's Market, Abington Township/Rockledge Republican Organization (ATRO), Coates & Coates Law Offices, Penn State University-Abington, Weldon Fire Co., Daryl's Bakery, Ralph's Barber Shop, Riviera d' Italia Restaurant & Pizzeria, Penny's Flowers, John R. Freed Funeral Home, Preferred Sportswear, O'Neill Masonry, Glenside Rotary Club, Friends of State Rep. Steve McCarter (D-154th PA district), Jack & Jill Ice Cream, Re/Max Services' Realtor Carol T. Mallen, Elliott Du Ritz Pretzels and Bond Cleaners.