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SARC seeks volunteers for Balloon Festival

SARC is looking for volunteers to assist with the nonprofit's biggest fundraiser of the year — the annual Rising Above It Hot-Air Balloon Festival Family Fun Day on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Harford County Equestrian Center, 608 North Tollgate Road in Bel Air.

Volunteers are needed to help with admissions/registration, main stage entertainment, exhibitors, vendor hall, food vendors, hot-air balloon interactive demonstrations, horse ring and feinting goats, activity areas and overall festival operations.

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Adults 18 years of age and over (or youngsters 14 and older, with parental permission) are invited to sign up for one of three shifts: 8 a.m. to noon; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For those who are unable to work a full shift, volunteers will be accommodated based on their availability. Volunteers will be able to enjoy the festival before or after their shifts and will receive a T-shirt.

Family Fun Day attracted nearly 2,500 visitors last year and features a mix of activities for kids and adults alike.

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"Volunteers from the community have been so generous with their time and talents at the festival over the past two years," said Luisa Caiazzo-Nutter, executive director of SARC. "We are hoping that additional volunteers are willing to help us so that we are able to provide a great experience for what we hope will be 2,500 or more visitors at Family Fun Day. The festival is SARC's biggest fund-raiser of the year, and volunteers are vital for a successful day."

The funds raised by the festival are critical to helping SARC provide hope and resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking.

People interested in volunteering at the event should visit http://sarcfamilyfunday.eventbrite.com, e-mail volunteer@sarc-maryland.org or call 410-836-8431.

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