updated 6/8/2011 12:17:07 PM ET 2011-06-08T16:17:07

Fundraising Relationship With TNT Fireworks Aids Programs While Providing Sparkle and Glow

FLORENCE, Ala., June 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In this harsh economic climate, non-profits have seen a steady decline in funding. Many charity organizations around the country are looking for profitable ways to raise the funds necessary to continue offering the support for programs on which many local residents rely. TNT Fireworks, the nation's leading fireworks distributor, has a solution that not only supports a charity's mission, but also ensures legal consumer fireworks and sparklers colorfully ignite Independence Day celebrations.

TNT has helped meet the needs of non-profit groups for more than 40 years, raising more than $20 million annually, by deploying a model fundraiser whereby organizations operate TNT stands and tents across the country. The fundraising relationship TNT develops with non-profits benefits each party involved in different ways, but the end result is shared – by raising funds through selling consumer fireworks and sparklers, our country's non-profit organizations can continue meeting the critical needs of their community.

One such non-profit benefiting from a TNT partnership is the Black and Blue Touchdown Crew in Cape Coral, Fla., which supports the Ida S. Baker High School's athletic department by raising funds for football camps and equipment.

"Engaging students in a structured athletic program is one of the most important factors for creating a well-rounded leader for the future of our community and country," says Jorge Mazur of the Black and Blue Touchdown Crew. "We have partnered with TNT Fireworks for more than three years, and our success is due, in part, to providing people with the opportunity to give back to the community when purchasing fireworks, sparklers and novelties they had already planned to buy for the Independence Day holiday."

"Considering the economy, non-profits are looking for unique fundraising opportunities," says Tommy Glasgow, president of TNT Fireworks East. "By participating in our company's fundraising program, these groups have access to the resources needed to continue making a difference in the communities which they serve."

Love Loud Awareness in Cartersville, Ga., has long relied on its partnership with TNT to support its campaign, which gives an outlet to at-risk kids. TNT's non-profit program provides Love Loud Awareness with the necessary resources to educate and encourage local kids to do the right thing and make better decisions.

"It's amazing. Selling sparklers from a TNT tent is the best fundraiser I've ever done," says Adam Jernigan, founder and director of Love Loud Awareness. "TNT's staff is absolutely great, and the financial reward is such a blessing."

TNT provides fundraising opportunities to non-profit organizations, all while imparting valuable lessons to those involved in fundraising campaigns. TNT conducts much of the preliminary work involved in setting up stands and tents at each location, lessening the labor-intensive burden on non-profits. An indispensable part of this process is TNT University – which is a required day of class – to educate each school, civic or church organization on everything their members need to know to run a successful fundraiser.

While TNT's fundraising program contributes significantly to its partners' bottom lines and organizational success, the simple pleasure of helping Americans enjoy our country's long standing traditions also adds value to the fundraising experience.

"TNT has a long tradition of working with non-profits across the country," says Glasgow, "We work with hundreds of fundraising organizations from church groups, school athletic and band boosters to veterans groups. We would like to encourage all non-profits to seriously consider working with us to make this year's holiday bright and profitable. "

For more information or to register an organization to participate in a TNT fundraiser, visit www.tntfireworks.com, or call (256) 764-6131.

Robert Clarke

rclarke@duffey.com

404-446-1670

ABOUT TNT FIREWORKS

TNT®Fireworks (TNT) is the nation's largest distributor of consumer fireworks and novelty items.  For more than 50 years, TNT has set the benchmark for safety, customer satisfaction, innovation and quality in the fireworks industry. For more information about TNT Fireworks, visit www.tntfireworks.com.

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