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Balloon Race donation drive offers a big prize



(RENO, Nev.) – In an effort to expand fundraising efforts, The Great Reno Balloon Race now offers mobile giving through “Greater Giving,” a non-profit program, which allows anyone to easily make a $10 donation to the event.

Greater Giving allows spectators to support their favorite non-profit special event by simply texting the word “balloon” to 20222. For every $10 donation received, that person’s name will be entered into a drawing to win a hot-air balloon ride during the event (weather permitting). Donors will also have the chance to win a T-6 airplane ride during a “Missing Man” flyover provided to the Balloon Race by the National Championship Air Races. Text donations can be made any time during the months of July, August and September, are tax-deductible and will be charged through the donors’ mobile carrier.

“The Great Reno Balloon Race is put on for our community, supported by the community,” Dixie Craig, Event Manager, said. “And we want everyone to have the opportunity to help support their favorite event, even if sponsorship isn’t an option.”

One-time or recurring donations may also be made at www.renoballoon.com any month of the year.

“It’s in our mission to keep the Balloon Race completely free to the public,” Pilar Aldecoaotalora, President of the Balloon Race Board, said. “Every penny counts and your generous donations go directly toward operating expenses.”

The Balloon Race is the nation’s largest free hot-air balloon festival and takes flight Sept. 10 – 12, 2010 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. For more information or to make a donation and support one of the area’s most beloved events, visit www.renoballoon.com or call (775) 826-1181.

A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Messaging and Data Rates May Apply. All Charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Great Reno Balloon Race by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code 20222; Reply HELP to 20222 for help.

Thanks to the continued support of generous sponsors, The Great Reno Balloon Race continues as a free event for its 29th year. This year’s major sponsors include: Wells Fargo Bank, Wilbur D. May Foundation, Silver Legacy Resort Casino,  Peppermill Hotel Casino, Harrah’s Reno, City of Reno, Jack in the Box, Great Basin Internet Services, News Talk 780 KOH, Bonanza Casino, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. With a special thanks to our Founding Sponsors: Circus Circus, IGT, Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Muckel Anderson CPAs and the University of Nevada, Reno.

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