SMITHTON: Church brings raffle to ride in air balloon

Friday, September 16, 2011 | 4:54 p.m. CDT

SMITHTON — Columbia residents have a chance to ride in a tethered hot air balloon by entering a drawing that will raise money for an organization that unites church organizations.

The Evangelical Free Church of Columbia will host the "Lift off for Love INC" event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the church.

"We are aiming to raise money for Love INCto help many people in need," Evangelical Free Church administrator Nancy Boote said. "People can come and have a good time, eat a meal, and play carnival games. There is fun for the whole family."

The event aims to bring families together with food such as hot dogs, bratwursts, popcorn and snow cones.

Love INC is a national organization that helps people in need by acting as a “church secretary” for different churches. The organization’s local affiliate helps individuals in need get in touch with other services and organizations, such as social services or support groups, to fulfill various financial, personal or other needs.

Anyone who purchases a $2 donation ticket will be entered in the lottery to ride in a tethered hot air balloon.

Tickets for the drawing, food and carnival games can be purchased in advance at the church’s website or at the door the day of the event. 

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