Rising above Matthew Thornton’s roof bright and early Saturday morning, the RE/MAX hot air balloon remains an icon at Londonderry’s Old Home Day. The balloon, though tethered to the ground, gives riders a chance to take in the Old Home Day celebrations from a different perspective. Its basket filled with all ages, the balloon has risen for several years as part of the Town’s festivities.
This year, the balloon will be available for rides on August 17, 2013, from 7:30 to 9:30 AM behind Matthew Thornton School, weather permitting. Rides are available for a fee based on person or family of 4.
Each time the balloon rises, RE/MAX raises money for great local organizations and non-profit groups. In the past, the company has donated to Dollars for Scholars, Warm Homes, Londonderry and Derry Soup Kitchens, the Katrina Fund, the Bella Tucker Fund, the Lancer Marching Band, and more. The hot air balloon fundraiser, along with the company’s annual spring yard sale, have raised over $35,000 for local organizations over the years.
“We have always received overwhelming support from people in the community in donating their unwanted items, helping at the yard sales and making cash donations,” said Arlene Hajjar. “We are truly blessed to live in a community such as ours.”
RE/MAX International was founded in 1973 by Dave & Gail Liniger. 37 years later, both Dave & Gail remain active as chairman & co-chairman in keeping RE/MAX in the forefront as the “real estate leader” and developing the tools that their agents need in this challenging market. The RE/MAX balloon became the official logo in 1978 and is now one of the most recognized corporate images in the world.
For more great shots of the RE/MAX hot air balloon rides, visit our darkroom. And remember, all pictures are available for purchase!