December 8, 2012
My dearest Red Balloons,
In 2012, I decided to take Red Balloon into a different direction and rebuild it from the ground up; I wanted to give others the opportunity to create their own Red Balloon benefits and to be inspired to make a difference in their own communities. I created the foundation and encouraged high school and college students to find their own niche and use music to help someone else breathe easier with their lives. Their stories and experiences poured in and I could see that this Red Balloon idea has become a lot bigger than I had ever imagined.
Red Balloon started off as an idea; inspired by the movie of the same name, I wanted to find simple things, like a red balloon, to change a child’s life. Six years, seven benefit concerts and one hospital benefit tour later, the idea still resonates strong. And none of this could be possible with you; you have given these children a piece of their happy endings back.
2013 will be a new year for Red Balloon and unfortunately, it will be my last year as executive director. But don’t fret, I have some unfinished dreams with Red Balloon that I plan to make into reality next year. And I hope you will here to join me on this last chapter of my Red Balloon story. From the bottom of my heart, thank you again for supporting and being apart of Red Balloon. Thank you for believing in me and encouraging me to step to the beat of my heart. I can never articulate how thankful I am for you, your guidance and your support. In each of you, I see how I can be a better person; in each of you, I see how lucky I am to be apart of a compassionate generation.
I am Pascal and you are my red balloons; all I am is because of all of you.
Love, hugs & happy holidays!!
Jennifer Allison Tran,
Red Balloon Executive Director