Tuesday, organizers of the 2017 Lake Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair that happened in January awarded funds to a plethora of clubs, organizations and nonprofits.

The funds have been awarded annually following the balloon festival and provide support to many and this year, at least $100,000 was distributed

Colleen McShea poses with her check for Mile Markers Tuesday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Jim Day, a member of the board of directors of the Balloon Festival and Fair said, “We are gathered here today with all the recipients of the Balloon Fest. Unfortunately, we had a rain day this year, but even with the rain day, we’re distributing at least $100,000 to various clubs and organizations in Lake Havasu.”

Day said all the nonprofits make Lake Havasu a “great community to live in.”

He said he didn’t have an exact count of the number of recipients but indicated the list was five pages long.

The Lighthouse Club poses with their check Tuesday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Bruce Howe, representing the Lake Havasu City Lighthouse Club said the funds received by the group would  “definitely help us sustain and keep the lights going on the lake and help us keep the structures maintained.”

Another recipient – the Lake Havasu City Outrigger Canoe Club – was represented by executive director and women’s coach Mary Barriault and president Jeanne Holdren.

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Outrigger Club members Mary Barriault and Jeanne Holdren, along with Frank Blain of the D.A.V. , pose with their checks Tuesday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“The funds we receive from the balloon fest – aside for the fact that we have camaraderie and the fun we had at the balloon fest, the funds will actually be helping us with the Keiki program which is a youth program. We now have six children that are involved and it’s our future,” Barriault said.

London Bridge Pet Partners pose for a photo Tuesday morning while checks were being handed out to the organizations. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene
Lake Havasu Museum of History representatives pose for a photo with their check Tuesday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene


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Becky Maxedon
Becky Maxedon has lived in Lake Havasu City for more than seven years, coming to the city as the managing editor of the Today’s News-Herald. She is currently the executive director of the Lake Havasu Museum of History. After a 30-plus year career in journalism, Becky has taken leave of the seven-day deadline-driven industry to give back to the Lake Havasu community that she has fallen in love with.


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