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Last year was the first time the Warner Robins Independence Day Celebration concert was hosted by the city and a civic group, without help from the Air Force Reserve Command. On Monday the new owners plan on asking the city for help.

Within the last two of weeks the Warner Robins Downtown Development Authority took ownership of the event from the Warner Robins Civitan Club. That's according to Vice Chair Gena Deboe. She said the authority is now charged with raising $120,000 to $150,000 for it.

"We want to give the same level, the same quality, and for lack of a better word, a bigger bang if you will," she said.

Deboe said the authority is planning on asking for $30,000 from the city. She said she's confident they'll get the money because the city has contributed considerable funds in the past.

Deboe admits timing is tight, and with July approaching, the question remains will this celebration even happen?

"This is short term, this is last minute. And I know there's a lot of people that think we can't do it. And we might not, but we're gonna give it everything we've got," said Deboe.

Deboe said thankfully many sponsors from last year are on board again. Even with that said, they still need more donations. Also helping out is Allen Tatman, who has helped put on the event for several years.

"My history with it goes back to 1982 I believe. And then later on is the exchange club wanted to pass it on, I was in a civic club and we agreed to take it over and we've carried the torch for 12,15 years and now it's time for us to pass the torch," said Tatman.

"Allen stepped up to say hey, I got the information, I've got the planning, the development, I've got the know how," said Deboe.

If you're interested in donating you can e-mail Deboe at gena@genajayne.com for more information or contact Warner Robins City Hall.


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