What first began as a gift from Leah McConnell to the City of Redding to enhance the city’s fireworks show has become an annual Foundation tradition of funding Redding’s 4th of July Freedom Festival Fireworks. Leah McConnell, though she was a frugal and private person, loved fireworks and delighted in funding this spectacular regional show. Ninety thousand dollars up in smoke in just 22 minutes may not appear to be the best investment, but as Leah always used to say, “at least you can see where your money is going.” The annual fireworks display has become an event anticipated and appreciated by the entire community.

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