The U.S. Bank Great Midwest Balloon Fest is a 501c3 organization whose mission is
to provide a Family-Friendly event for the entire Kansas City Metro and beyond and
to serve as a vehicle for area charities to raise money and awareness for their
In addition to benefiting all participating charities in the first-ever Charity
Challenge Balloon Race, the festival is also proud to support the Wounded Warrior Project, Newhouse Shelter, Guadalupe Center and the Olathe Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund.
The following charities have participated in advance tickets sales and will be participating in the Charity Challenge Balloon Race on Friday evening. Each charity will be paired with a balloon and the pilots who place 1st, 2nd and 3rd will win $10,000, $3,500 or $1,500 respectively for their charities. The sponsor of the event, 94.1 KFKF and Q104 will present checks to the winning charities at a ceremony following the conclusion of the race. A check for $1,000 will also be presented to the charity with the most advance tickets sales.