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    As cherished tradition, First Night needs to continue

    IT’S SHAMEFUL that an extraordinary, decades-old event like First Night should be left to twist in the wind (“First Night organizer closing,” June 21).

    Peter Schworm’s article talks about the wonderful transformation of New Year’s Eve into a positive family event which generated millions of dollars for Boston. How ironic that so many similar events it inspired throughout the country and the world are valued and supported, even as First Night begs for a small amount of money to survive.

    Many of us who held First Night as a significant family tradition, and supported it by buying tickets and making donations, are pleased that the city will find a way to continue. It would have been a lot better, however, if the city had offered its considerable fund-raising clout to help First Night after a couple of difficult weather years. It should not have come to this.

    Gerald M. Tuckman