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WaterFire adds dedicated memorials to ceremony

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WaterFire, a creative festival in Sharon, PA, is providing an opportunity for people to remember their loved ones. 

Organizers of the event will allow the public to dedicate braziers that will be used in the WaterFire lighting ceremony beginning on June 15.  

At dusk, 50 braziers are filled with wood and set on fire. Fire performers and other entertainment accompany the lighting of the braziers.

Only a limited amount of braziers are available for purchase for each of the 24 ceremonies that take place during the year. 

Chip Mastrian, the co-chair of WaterFire Sharon, said memorial braziers have been used in the past, but have not been opened up to the public.

“Gary Meszaros, the local businessman who was instrumental for bringing WaterFire to Sharon passed away unexpectedly and a brazier was built in his memory. The brazier was built by his family members and closest friends, and filled with articles meaningful to the family,” Mastrian said. “We want to offer that same opportunity to others"

There will be different levels of dedication braziers available for purchase.

The first tier is $50. For this amount, members of the WaterFire production will place letters, flowers or personal items that are safe to burn close to water. These items will be placed on a shared brazier that will have a yellow ribbon tied to it.

The second tier is $100 and allows for the tier one package, but will not be a part of the shared brazier. The donated personal items will be placed on a reserved brazier chosen by the purchaser. Only 20 of these packages are available per lighting ceremony. Interested individuals must contact Jen at jen@waterfiresharonpa.org.

The final tier requires a $250 donation and is limited to four packages. This tier allows for a group of six people to accompany the WaterFire team to assist in building the brazier and placing the personal items on it themselves. Those interested must contact Jen at jen@waterfiresharonpa.org no later than one week ahead of the Sharon WaterFire event.

Personal items that are placed in the brazers can not be made of plastic or any other substances that may harm wildlife when burnt.

All payments for the braziers must be made within three days of the lighting ceremony at WaterFire Sharon's website.

All donations are tax deductible. 

To learn more about WaterFire, check out their website here

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