Massive balloon sculptures will be built in a wonderland for terminally ill children to visit near Orlando, and a Manahawkin-based balloon artist is thrilled to be part of the international team creating the exhibit.
Using her 35+ years of training and balloon art skills, Stephanie Cofield of Celebration Creations was selected as part of a team to create a giant immersive balloon wonderland for the charity Give Kids the World in Florida.
The unique fundraising project using more than 300,000 air-filled balloons will be reenacted from July 10 to July 15, then open to the public on July 16. including New Jersey.
Nearly 30,000 square feet of towering and fantastical exhibit space will have design themes such as Toyland, the Enchanted Forest and Under the Sea. Cofield is part of the team that creates Under the Sea.
“The sculptures are larger than life – some are 24 feet tall – and children will simply be amazed,” Cofield said. “The design team I’m part of will create all kinds of sea creatures and mermaids.
“I’m so excited about this particular thing, I have no words,” the certified balloon artist added. “I’m just grateful because it’s going to benefit so many children; everything is done to raise funds for terminally ill children.
His balloon shop and event department opened a store last year at Young Plaza at 420 North Main St., Manahawkin. “I feel privileged more than anything. I want my business to be more than just profit. You want to have an impact and leave memories for people; this one will even go beyond that. These family members have little time with their children.
The project is sponsored by Qualatex, a balloon company. “This is the third time the balloon industry has done this. Last time in October the theme was Candyland, and the theme gets bigger and bigger each time,” Cofield added.
She will document the week-long project at the Give Kids the World village in Kissimmee, Florida on major social media platforms, and share footage of the completed project at Balloon Wonderland’s public viewing day on July 16.
Pam Landwirth, CEO of Give Kids the World, said: “What an amazing event this is! This group of balloon artists are going to be part of something special as they create iconic pieces from our Give Kids the World village in this gigantic balloon exhibit. We are very grateful for their support of ‘Give Kids the World’, demonstrating how the joy of balloons can make a difference in the lives of so many people too. » -MRS