NY Balloon Professional Bee Henry helps build Balloon Wonderland to Raise over $50,000 for "Give Kids the World". A week of hard work and creativity for Bee from B4AllOccasionz helped Give Kids The World Village take its fundraising to new heights after hosting the Qualatex Balloon Wonderland – one of the nonprofit’s most uplifting events ever, raising over $50,000 in the process.
Over a period of 5 days in July 2022, at Orlando’s Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Bee worked alongside over 300 other Balloon Professionals from around the world Using 500,000 Qualatex balloons they brought alive with vibrant colors and breathtaking flair a life-sized replica of Give Kids The World Village – an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, FL, that provides critically ill children and their families with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost.
Balloon artisans like Bee were chosen from 46 countries to construct the life-sized replicas of seven iconic Village venues during a build taking over 15,000 hours, using 500,000 biodegradable balloons.
Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids The World, said, “Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments, and hospital stays, and they are often told “no” due to the limitations of their illness. With support from partners like Pioneer
Balloon Company and Bee Henry of B4AllOccasionz, we are thrilled to be able to provide these children and their families with a magical week of “yes” where they can forget their worries, experience joy and create unforgettable memories in a storybook oasis which attendees will have the opportunity to glimpse at Balloon Wonderland.”
The Balloon Wonderland was gifted to Give Kids the World following the five intensive days of creating the most challenging, beautiful balloon structures. Give Kids the World used the event to raise awareness about Wish Kids with a terminal illness, but also to raise much-needed funds to continue to provide these moments to families in need.
Bee said "This was the most amazing experience of her life, being able to use her talent to make a difference for so many children and their families. Seeing the joy in their faces is one I will never forget!"
This was Bee's 3rd Big Balloon Build experience which was created as a philanthropy effort to support those in need. Having participated in 3 historical Big Balloon Builds in the last 8 months. The first internationally all the way in Birmingham, UK where the Nutcracker was recreated out of 130,000 balloons with a musical performance, the 2nd in April 2022 having participated in the 1st ever U.S. Big Balloon Build of Candyland which consisted of 65 Balloon Professionals from across the world in Vincennes, Ind that raised $130k and receive 14,300 lbs of canned goods. To most recently participated in Balloon Wonderland as a Team Supporter sharing her expertise in July 2022.