Two weeks left to sponsor the 2010 Great Reno Balloon Race |

Two weeks left to sponsor the 2010 Great Reno Balloon Race

RENO – The Great Reno Balloon Race is a nonprofit event produced for the community, by the community, and still needs sponsors for 2010.

Local businesses, organizations and balloon-loving families have until July 15 to become a sponsor of this prestigious event, which attracts more than 150,000 spectators from near and far.

While officials are getting creative to stretch every dollar, the event has lost a few major sponsors and still needs to raise approximately $35,000 to fill the gap.

One of the new and exciting ways the Balloon Race is raising funds was the Love is in the Air Wedding auction, which brought in nearly $10,000, the price of a major sponsorship.

Sponsorships are the only way to secure balloon rides at the race.

“We are proud to offer such an awe inspiring event to the community free of charge,” said Pilar Aldecoaotalora, president of the Balloon Race board. “But to keep the same quality of event our community has come to know and love, we need your support through sponsorships. Becoming a sponsor is easy and the best way to support The Great Reno Balloon Race.”

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The Balloon Race is the nation’s largest free hot-air balloon festival and takes flight Sept. 10-1 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. For more information on how to become a sponsor a visit or call (775) 826-1181.