The 7th Annual Balloon Festival and Fair was held this past January. The event is sponsored by the Lake Havasu City London Bridge Lions Club, the London Bridge Rotary Club, the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Lake Havasu Rotary Club and the Daybreakers Lions Club. Each organization is committed to the philosophy of community service, and every year proceeds from the event are distributed to Havasu nonprofits.
The Havasu Island Balloon Festival and Fair was born from the desire of members of the originating Lake Havasu London Bridge Lions Club and the London Bridge Rotary Club to give back to the community on a large scale.
The proceeds from this year’s Balloonfest held in January were distributed Tuesday on McCulloch Boulevard near Pima Wash.
“We gave away over $240,000 to community organizations today,” Marquita McKnight, Executive Director of the Balloon Festival, said. “There’s probably at least 100 plus organizations we gave away to today. It’s the best day of the Balloon Fest.”
One of the organizations that received a check was the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) of Lake Havasu High School. FBLA advisor Laura Denny was excited to accept the check.
“This is allowing my students to attend the National FBLA Leadership conference in Atlanta Georgia,” Denny said. “Nine students qualified for our state conference. This gives them the opportunity to learn what they learn in the classroom is what they are applying in real life and it’s going to be 10,000 students at this conference and we are really excited. This will help them travel.”
The following organizations received checks:
Adopt-a-Family/Interagency, All Three Community Food Banks, Allied Arts Council, Alzheimer’s Connection, American Legion Auxiliary, Arizona Children’s Assoc., ASU, Beacon of Hope Hospice, Big Brother Big Sister, Boy Scouts, Boy Scout Troop 25, Capturing Kids Hearts, Christmas Family Adoption, Civil Air Patrol, Community Concert Assoc., Denise’s Day, Desert Hills Fire Dept., Future Business Leaders of America – LHHS, Havasu Community Health Foundation, Havasu Future Foundation, Havasu Preparatory Academy, Havasu Stickem Event, Havasupai Elementary, H.A.V.E.N. Food for Kids, Homeless Students Lake Havasu, Hospice of Havasu, Jamaica Elementary, Interagency Council, Journey of Hope, Knights of Columbus Youth Camp, Lake Havasu City (Parks & Rec), Lake Havasu Concert Assoc., Lake Havasu Military Moms, LHHS Athletic Scholarship Fund, LHHS National Honor Society, Lake Havasu School District, Lighthouse Club, MCC Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Nautilus Elementary, Nemo Project, New Teachers (K-3rd) Grant, Norona Effect, Oro Grande Elementary, Others Yet to Come, Pregnancy Care, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, River Cities United Way, Salvation Army, Sandi’s Pass, Sea Scouts, Smoketree Elementary, Special Olympics, Starline Elementary, Student Scholarships (college), Telesis Center for Learning, Thunderbolt Educational Travel Group, Veterans United AZ, VFW Honor Guard, Volunteer Dinner, Kinderswim, Western AZ Humane Society (new shelter), and Young Marines.