One-of-a-Kind Hot Air Balloon Helping Military Children

In 2007, Folds of Honor was founded by Major Dan Rooney after a personal experience associated with the transportation and return of a fallen solider as he returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq. The plane’s pilot announced that the remains of a fallen soldier were on board and asked that passengers respectfully remain seated while his casket was removed from the plane. With most passengers ignoring the pilot’s request to remain seated, Major Rooney decided then and there to do his part and try to make a difference.

Folds of Honor is a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to military families of fallen or disabled service members. Since 2007, they have awarded more than 10,000 scholarships.

Since first partnering with Folds of Honor in 2014, The Rite Aid Foundation, through KidCents, has donated more $3 million to fund scholarships for students in the communities served by Rite Aid, with another $4 million committed over the next two years.

Last fall, in an effort to take the partnership to the next level, The Rite Aid Foundation and Folds of Honor introduced the DreamShip, a hot air balloon literally made from the dreams of the children of fallen and disabled military heroes helped by Folds of Honor.

The balloon features illustrations that kids have created, showcasing dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. Each time it takes flight, it is literally lifting up their dreams and helping to raise awareness and support of Folds of Honor.

Carlisle Events is pleased to host “The DreamShip” hot air balloon as part of Spring Carlisle. Secure tickets now for Spring Carlisle and support a great cause along the way. The DreamShip will offer rides too, weather permitting. Don’t miss out!

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