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Star Spangled Banner event raises $9,000 for group to combat drug, alcohol use

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The Star Spangled Banner celebration at Fort Meigs State Memorial Park in Perrysburg raised $9,000 for charity.

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The Star Spangled Banner Fourth of July celebration at Fort Meigs State Memorial Park brought in more than 6,000 people and raised more than $9,000 for the Prevention Partners organization.

The Prevention Partners non-profit organization will give the money to Perrysburg Against Substance Abuse Teen Board, which encourages teenagers not to drink alcohol and to use drugs.

“Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers, this event was our biggest success in years,” Prevention Partners coordinator Michelle Erford said. “We could not have done this without the help of everyone involved and we can’t wait for next year.”

Admission for the Fourth of July event was free at the park, but carnival ride and game tickets and concessions helped the organization. Sponsors also provided funds.

Among the events that will benefit from the funds raised are a Perrysburg High School tailgate party, Perrysburg Junior High School Shamrock Shuffle Dance, and the Red Ribbon Run.

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