Balloons Over Vermilion officials give back to community


DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Some kids in Vermilion County got a boost Friday morning from hot air balloons.

Balloons Over Vermilion County gave grants to six different youth organizations. That includes Southwest Elementary, Danville AMBUCS, Salt Fork High School and more.

The Balloons co-chair says giving back was always their goal. “We didn’t just want to be around for a weekend and go away until the following year,” said Pat O’Shaughnessy. “We wanted to be a part of the community. So it was our hope to be successful enough to raise the funds necessary to continue to have a reserve to put on an event, but also give back to other people who do good things for kids in the community.” This year’s event also had their ambassador class named. It is a fourth grade class from Rossville-Alvin Elementary.

The fifth annual Balloons Over Vermilion County will be July 10-11.

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