York will ring in 2013 with a downtown party after all.
Mayor Kim Bracey summoned reporters to a press conference Thursday morning to announce "a New Year's miracle."
The annual Dec. 31 celebration on Continental Square is back on thanks to a $20,000 donation from Sprint.
"The white rose will drop in the city of York," Bracey said.
City officials have traditionally planned and paid for the New Year's Eve party, which includes musical entertainment and fireworks. But the event -- which typically costs about $35,000 to put on -- was eliminated from this year's budget.
With 2012 approaching its end, the reality of that decision has had some people reconsidering the possibilities.
It is clear, Bracey said, that New Year's Eve is "a cherished community event."
Public Works Director Jim Gross said Sprint committed its donation last week. Another $15,000 has been raised through smaller donations, he said.
It will be a "full-blown event" complete with fireworks, entertainment and a kids' countdown, Gross said.
Organizers are working hard to book musical acts to play on a downtown stage from 9 p.m. to midnight, he said.
"There's enough acts out there," Gross said. "We're going to be all right."