McDonald’s Thunder Funder back as drink sales support fireworks, air show – Louisville Courier

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McDonald’s Restaurants of Kentuckiana will again be the title sponsor of the Thunder Funder program, which will help raise funds for Thunder Over Louisville, the Kentucky Derby Festival air and fireworks show scheduled April 21.

Ninety-seven area McDonald’s restaurants will donate part of their drink sales to support Thunder. The promotion coincides with their $1 drink campaign from March 26 to April 16. The 32-ounce drinks come in a commemorative Thunder cup.

The McDonald’s Thunder Preview Party will be from 5 to 9 p.m. April 5 at the Central American Airways Flying Service hangar at Bowman Field.

The event, which will give visitors a sneak peek at the Thunder air show, will have planes on display, a Coast Guard exhibit, helicopter rides, a family interactive area and a pilot “meet and greet.” Admission requires a 2012 Pegasus Pin or a McDonald’s Thunder Funder cup.

Since 2006, the first year of McDonald’s sponsorship, the Thunder Funder program has raised about $100,000 a year, with most of the money going for Thunder-related expenses.

Boat slip auction

The Waterfront Development Corp. is again auctioning off boat-slip permits at Waterfront Park’s harbor for use during Thunder.

A slip will be assigned based on the amount of bid, size of vessel and the date the bid is received in the Waterfront Development office. The corporation reserves the right to reject any bids.

Bidders must agree with the terms outlined at Payments will be due one week after the notification date of a winning bid. This information should be sent along with the bid:

• Name, address, telephone number and email address.

• The size of the vessel (overall length and width).

• The name of the vessel and registration number (if applicable).

• The dollar amount of the bid.

The information should be sent to Catherine Cundiff, Waterfront Development Corp., 129 E. River Road, Louisville, KY 40202, or sent by email to

All bids must be received by 1 p.m. March 6.

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