Carolina BalloonFest donates more than $100K on giving Tuesday



National Balloon Rally Charities, Inc. (NBRC), DBA Carolina BalloonFest, hosted its annual Sponsor & Volunteer Celebration on Dec. 3 with a crowd of volunteers, festival organizers, pilots and sponsors. In an effort to pay it forward to the community, NBRC awarded a total of $100,000 to over 25 non-profits and community agencies in the surrounding area.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, it is an annual tradition for NBRC to donate a portion of the proceeds made from the three-day festival on Giving Tuesday: an international day of charitable giving.

“I’m thankful that we live in a supportive community, in which local businesses benefit our event because they see the good they can be a part of. I’m thankful for the almost 1000 volunteers that take it upon themselves to personally ensure a successful event through their time and service,” Bud Welch, Executive Director of NBRC, said.

Throughout the evening, Carolina BalloonFest representatives thanked the hundreds of individuals that volunteer their time over the weekend to assist with the festival, and the dozens of sponsors and partners who support and contribute to the growth of the second oldest balloon festival in the country.

Always held the third weekend in October, the Carolina BalloonFest recently celebrated its 46th milestone. The weekend featured crowd-favorites like the mass ascension of over 50 hot air balloons taking fight on Friday and Sunday afternoon, a first ever static display glow on Friday night and a challenging hot air balloon competition on Saturday morning. In addition to the ballooning activities, the crowd was entertained by live music on two stages, aerialist circus acrobatics and another first: sky-divers.

Overall, the festival successfully hosted an estimated crowd of 35,000 attendees despite impending bad weather predicted for the weekend.

“As our event turns 46-years-old, to note that our festival has this kind of community support is not only encouraging — it’s fuel for our burner to do bigger and better things in the future,” continued Welch as he thanked all who dedicated their time, service, patronage, sponsorship and/or support to the festival. “Without you, our donations would not be possible.”
The following organizations will receive donations from NBRC:

  • American Cancer Society – Relay for Life
  • Balloon Federation of America – Youth Scholarship Program
  • Boy Scout Troop 174
  • Boy Scout Troop 607
  • Boy Scout Group 609
  • Boy Scout Group 377
  • City of Statesville
  • Civil Air Patrol Iredell Squadron
  • Crosby Scholars
  • Dove House
  • Elder Center, Inc.
  • Fifth Street Ministries
  • Girl Scouts Peaks to Piedmont Region 5
  • Harmony Elementary School Library
  • Hospice of Iredell County
  • In His Steps
  • The Iredell County Amateur Radio Society (ICARS)
  • Iredell County Special Olympics
  • Iredell SCAN
  • Life Span Circle School
  • Mitchell Community College Endowment for Excellence
  • Mitchell Community College Endowment for Excellence: Bev Hendrick Endowment
  • My Sisters House
  • NIHS Cheerleaders
  • Statesville Chamber of Commerce
  • Statesville Kiwanis
  • United Way of Iredell County

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Author: Niakeya James