FREEDOM FLIGHT INFORMATION PACKET

FREEDOM FLIGHT MISSION

Upon your request we would love to be a part of your next event. Freedom Flight, Inc. is a 5013c non-profit educational corporation that seeks to honor and increase the awareness of the P.O.W. - M.I.A. issue by using Hot Air Balloons.  Our organization is made up entirely of volunteers who give their time, talent and money to keep the three balloons flying at different events across the United States and the world.

FLYING CRITERIA... SOME FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW


PROMOTING YOUR EVENT

The most important words in promoting a balloon event are "WEATHER PERMITTING." Use this phrase in ALL promotional material!  Include the Freedom Flight Hot Air Balloon logo and event information in all advertising one to two weeks prior to the event.  Television footage of the Freedom Flight Hot Air Balloon is available from Freedom Flight for use in local television commercials to promote the event.


MEDIA

Events covered by the media should be targeted for balloon promotion because the balloon is especially attractive to the camera lens.  Both print photographers and television camera people are usually attracted to the balloon.  Coverage of the Freedom Flight Balloon in the local press or television is extremely valuable for local recognition and to help spread the message that our POWs & MIAs are not forgotten.  Invite local reporters.


PRE EVENT CHECKLIST

  1. Inform local newspapers and media about your upcoming event.
  2. Schedule activities.  Depending on the nature of your event, you will need to schedule 4-8 volunteers.
  3. Collect donation money.
  4. Face paint/distribute POW-MIA stickers.
  5. Blow up & distribute helium balloons.
  6. Consider a contest for the day of the event.  Arrange to bring a fishbowl or box to collect names.  Prizes to consider: T-shirts, Hats, Pins, Patches, Flags, etc.
  7. Keep Freedom Flight informed of what you are doing.  Send us copies of any press or media contact you make.
  8. Include announcements about your upcoming event in your ads prior to the event: for example  "The Freedom Flight Hot Air Balloon will be flying at _____________________.  See you there!
  9. Contact your Pilot to confirm all details.
  10. Hint: make it an ice-cream social or hot dog roast.  (Tie-in with sponsors such as TCBY or Dairy Queen.)

ON-SITE DAY-OF-EVENT CHECKLIST
  1. Arrive at least 1 hour prior to event to set-up.
  2. Take candid photos of crowd and event.
  3. Crowd control in line waiting for rides.
  4. Assist passengers in and out of balloon basket.
  5. Set-up signage, directional posters.
  6. Set-up table for money collection.  Set-up a fishbowl for contest, etc.
  7. Along with the Pilot, coordinate your balloon crew and volunteers.
  8. We will need 2 people to help sell Freedom Flight merchandise. (Pins, Hats, Shirts etc.)
  9. We will need 4-5 people to help to work with the balloon flight and several more if tether rides are given.

IN ORDER FOR US TO PARTICIPATE, WE MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MET

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, or to make arrangements for your event please contact our Founder and Event Coordinator, Jim Tuorlia at E-MAIL 2rala@charter.net or (320) 252-7208 (Home) or (320) 255-6480 ext. 6205 or FAX (320) 255-6472


THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN FREEDOM FLIGHT!

Luke Cesnik, President & Pilot, luke@freedomflight.org

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Freedom Flight, Inc.,  P.O. Box 1052, St.Cloud, MN USA 56302-1052, Tele: 1-320-654-1156

updated 05/12/02