Sudbury Day to Feature Hot Air Balloon Rides Courtesy of RE/MAX Carriage Way

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For Immediate Release:
August 23, 2004
Contact: Ellen Gitelman

Sudbury Day to Feature Hot Air Balloon Rides Courtesy of RE/MAX Carriage Way: Proceeds to Benefit Warm2Kids Mentoring Program

SUDBURY, MA—Those attending the third annual Sudbury Day Festival on September 18th can get a bird’s eye view of the world’s cultures by taking a ride in “Big Max”, the RE/MAX International hot air balloon. The tethered balloon rides start at 3:00 PM (wind and weather permitting) and will run through 5:00 PM. Riders will “fly” more than 20 feet above the crowds in the balloon’s massive four-person basket. The balloon itself will remain tethered to the ground by staging ropes tied to motor vehicles and guided by eight handlers.

Sudbury resident and realtor Anne Hollows of RE/MAX Carriage Way in Wayland, will also give away four free rides to sixteen lucky people (four balloon baskets accommodating four riders each). To enter to win, sign up at Hollows’ web site or fill out an entry form at the Sudbury Shaw’s on Route 20.

All proceeds from the rides benefit the WARM2Kids Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit arm of WARM2Kids (We’re All Role Models to Kids) founded by former Boston Celtic M.L. Carr. The Maynard-based organization is dedicated to supporting development, education, and empowerment as a means to helping youths achieve their potential. “This day is all about helping our kids get a better sense of the world’s diversity,” Hollows emphasized. “I wanted to make sure we used the balloon to draw attention to kids in our own community who don’t necessarily have the same advantages many of us do.”

“Big Max”, a 2003 Aerostar S-60A, is one of two full-size, competition class balloons that travel all over New England. It is one of more than 100 hot air balloons that fly for RE/MAX all over the U.S. Europe and Canada, the physical embodiment of the company’s corporate slogan “Above the Crowd.”

The Sudbury Day Festival is a celebration of the world’s many cultures. It takes place from noon-5:00 PM in Sudbury Center (intersection of Route 27 and Concord Road) and features two stages of thrilling international performances, ethnic food sold by area restaurants, exhibits by community organizations, artisans, and local businesses, and loads of children’s activities and crafts. Admission is free, and people from all communities, not just Sudbury, are invited to attend.

Sudbury Day is made possible in part by a grant from The Sudbury Foundation. “The support from organizations like The Sudbury Foundation allows us to make this a unique celebration of the diversity of our friends and neighbors,” says festival organizer Abby Ward. Adds Fredericka Tanner, Executive Director of The Sudbury Foundation, “This event will help engender a spirit of community pride and belonging, which is the primary goal of our grant making.”

Additional major sponsors include BFI, Emerson Hospital, Marlborough Savings Bank,, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Sudbury Farms, Thunder Sporting Goods, Warren Graphics, and Whole Foods Supermarkets.

The event will be held rain (indoors at the Peter Noyes Elementary School, if necessary) or shine. For additional information about the event, check your local newspaper or visit