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The 2016 Carolina BalloonFest is Oct. 21-23 at the Statesville Regional Airport. For ticket and schedule information, click here.
As balloons soar, festival making a difference here at home
By AMY FUHRMAN
The main attraction at the Carolina BalloonFest has visitors looking to the skies.
But perhaps the most lasting contribution is felt right here on Iredell County ground, as the charitable arm of the festival — National Balloon Rally Charities — shares proceeds with local organizations.
Last year, more than $113,000 was returned to local schools and nonprofits.
Thanks to those contributions, organizations like the Boys & Girls Club are able to help more students; SCAN of Iredell County is able to help more children and families and Fifth Street Ministries is able to help more people who are struggling. The donations also help feed the hungry through Iredell Christian Ministries; provide housing through Habitat for Humanity and offer a better chance at life for premature babies through the March of Dimes.
Here is a complete list of the groups that shared in the $113,000 distributed thanks to the 2015 Carolina BalloonFest:
~ American Cancer Society
- Relay for Life of Statesville
~ Statesville Chamber of Commerce
~ Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont
~ Statesville Kiwanis
~ Iredell SCAN
~ Boy Scout Troop 174, Boy Scout Troop 607, Boy Scout Troop 609
~ Wilkes County Boy Scout Troop 335
~ Mitchell Community College Endowment for Excellence
~ North Iredell High School Cheerleaders
~ Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County
~ Civil Air Patrol Iredell Squadron
~ Children's Homes of Iredell County
~ DECA - Mooresville Schools
~ West Iredell High School Band
~ West Iredell Choral Group
~ Balloon Federation of America Youth Scholarship Program
~ Carolinas Balloon Association Youth Scholarship Program
~ Children's Hope Alliance
~ Hope's Wing
~ Fifth Street Ministries
~ My Sisters House
~ Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 ~ Tribute to the Troops, NC
~ Power Cross
~ Iredell Christian Ministries
~ South Iredell Band Boosters
~ Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont
~ March of Dimes
~ Iredell SCAN
~ South Iredell IB School