On Saturday evening, August 4th, the City of Big Spring hosted a Welcome Dinner for the Hang Glider Pilots competing in the Big Spring Hang Glider Nationals that will be taking place this week.
Belinda Boulter, Co-Organizer and Meet Director for the Big Spring National Series, advised KBest News that this is the 16th year that the event has been held in Big Spring. She went on to say that amount of support that the hang gliders and the event receive from the Big Spring community is enormous. That's why in recent years, the pilots have raised money to give back to the community. Their donations go to the Howard County Child Welfare Board to help fund the Rainbow Room.
Rebecca Moughon, Chairperson with the Howard County Child Welfare Board, explained that the Rainbow Room is a place for emergency supplies.
"Maybe a child is removed from their home in the middle of night or something, so the CPS workers can go into the Rainbow Room and find the things they need for that child. They can find clothing, shoes, diapers, and hygiene items," said Moughon.
The Rainbow Room also has items such as car seats, and portable cribs.
Usually the Hang Glider Pilots raise about $2,000 to $3,000 from the welcome dinner to donate to the Rainbow Room, but this year, The Cloudbase Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, began raising funds for Big Spring in advance. $7,300 was raised online in anticipation of arriving in Big Spring, and they were able to raise another $1,800 at the Welcome Dinner, totaling over $9,000 that was raised for the Rainbow Room to benefit the foster children of Howard County.
"We appreciate [the Hang Glider Pilots] so much," said Moughon. "They are a major [contributor] for our board."
Photo 1: Rebecca Moughon, Chairperson of the Howard County Child Welfare Board, accepts the donations from hang gliders pilots that were presented by Belinda Boulter, Co-Organizer and Meet Director for the Big Spring Hang Glider Nationals, and Davis Straub, Co-Organizer.
Photo 2: Attendees at the Welcome Dinner for the Hang Glider Pilots.