Leslie Vallade is a woman on a mission.
As president of the new nonprofit Loch Raven Fireworks Foundation Inc., she said only a third of the $10,000 needed to stage the annual July 4 fireworks display at Loch Raven Technical Academy has been raised.
But Vallade is undaunted in her efforts and confident that spectators from the dozens of nearby neighborhoods who attend the display will come through by donating the remaining $6,500 to cover its costs.
It’s “been very stressful. I’m tearing my hair out,” said Vallade, of Loch Raven Village, adding that the bill will have to be paid by the end of July.