Dads deal pyrotechnics to support schools

Here’s why you should buy your “safe and sane” fireworks at SE 122nd Avenue and Division Street this year …

Money from Fourth of July fireworks purchased at this David Douglas Dad’s Club stand, here, on SE 122nd Avenue, provides funds that help support school activities.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
From tents and booths all over outer East Portland, one can buy Portland-style “safe and sane” fireworks.

But, the members of the David Douglas Dad’s Club (DDDC) hope you’ll stop by their stand in Midway Plaza – for a couple of reasons.

“People who shop here say we have very competitive prices on this season’s best fireworks,” says DDDC President Dan Deardorff.

Volunteer Dee Williams shows off “The Victory” assortment of fireworks – one of the more popular items at their stand.

And beyond getting a good deal, Deardorff adds, that since this is their organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, customers are really helping a good cause. “We’ve been doing this for about 15 years, to raise money to help David Douglas schools athletic programs, field trips, and other needs.”

As well, the club supports all schools in the David Douglas District, he smiles, not just high school activities.

The 70 or so members of DDDC raise funds for another important program, Deardorff remarks. “This year, we were able to provide four $500 scholarships to our graduating high school students.”

From $1 items on up, the David Douglas Dad’s Club fireworks stand is fully stocked for the July 4th holiday.

In all, Deardorff believes, their club intends to realize about $5,000 from firework sales this year.

You’ll find them in the Midway Plaza parking lot at SE 122nd Avenue and SE Division Street. They’re open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. through July 4.

Want to learn more about their organization – and perhaps volunteer? See the “parent organization’s page of the district’s website: CLICK HERE.

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