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Memphis balloon artist helps raise $50,000 for critically ill children

ORLANDO, Fla. (WMC) — A professionally trained balloon artist from Memphis has taken her art to new heights in Orlando by uplifting children with life-threatening illnesses.

Adrian Winfrey is the owner of Captivating Balloons on S. Perkins Road, a company that provides beautiful balloon decor for events and parties.

But between July 10 and 16, Winfrey was in Orlando, helping build a life-size replica of Give Kids the World Village — a whimsical 89-acre nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, Florida that provides seriously ill children and their families with a magical week-long vacation at no cost.

Winfrey, who was the team leader for the project, worked alongside over 300 other balloon artists from around the world. Artists were specially selected from 46 countries to construct the life-size replicas of seven iconic Village sites during construction – which took over 15,000 hours, using 500,000 biodegradable balloons.

Pamela Landwirth, President and CEO of Give Kids the World, said: “Children with serious illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and are often told ‘no. due to the limitations of their disease.

“With the support of partners such as Pioneer Balloon Company and Adrian Winfrey of Captivating Balloons, we are thrilled to be able to offer these children and their families a magical week of ‘yes’ where they can forget their worries, experience joy and create unforgettable memories in a storybook oasis, which attendees had the opportunity to glimpse during Balloon Wonderland.

The “Balloon Wonderland” was donated to Give Kids the World for several days of fundraising activities after the project’s completion, raising over $50,000 to provide more special times for families in need.

Winfrey said her business puts her in positions where she can use her talent to make a difference in the lives of others.

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