Grand Haven Tribune: Fricano's Super Bowl Sunday proceeds to benefit Musical Fountain

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Fricano's Super Bowl Sunday proceeds to benefit Musical Fountain

• Jan 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Fricano’s Pizza Tavern is breaking its “never open on Sunday” tradition to help raise money for the Musical Fountain’s Sound Investment campaign.

Fricano’s, 1400 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven, will be open from 2:30-7 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, for take-out orders only. It will be the only Fricano’s location participating in the fundraiser.

“Celebrating its 70th year, Fricano’s recognizes the longevity of the Musical Fountain and the tourism it brought to Grand Haven over the last 57 years,” said the restaurant’s manager, Jeanne Meyer. “We felt this was a great opportunity to give back to the Musical Fountain, a Grand Haven tourism staple that helped put Fricano’s on the map.”

Fricano’s will donate its profits made on Super Bowl Sunday to the fountain campaign. You can place take-out orders after 5 p.m. any day prior to Feb. 3 and starting at 2 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. Fricano’s accepts cash and checks only. 

“The Musical Fountain Committee is thankful to be recognized by Fricano's in this way,” committee Chairman Andy Cawthon said. “Breaking the ‘closed on Sundays’ tradition is significant. Doing so on behalf of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain is nothing short of spectacular.”

The campaign has, to date, raised $55,000 toward its goal of $150,000. The committee hopes to replace the fountain’s current, 25-year-old sound system and renovate its riverfront buildings that house the system; improve overall sound quality and fidelity; and, ideally, reduce the sound volume required to reach the almost half-mile-wide audience on the opposite side of the river.

Several organizations — such as the Tri-Cities Women Who Give, 100 Men Who Give, WGHN and Winterfest — have so far donated to the campaign. It has also been pledged commitments of up to $15,000 in funds from both the City of Grand Haven and the Loutit Foundation, matching the proceeds of the Eagles Winterfest auction that will be held Jan. 26, giving the campaign a 3-to-1 impact from the event.

And, for the first time ever, the Musical Fountain is offering sponsorship opportunities for individuals and organizations, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Each sponsorship is good for one season of the fountain, which spans from May through September.

Individuals can also make a donation of any size through the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

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