Dyslexic fund-raiser set to soar

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 3, 2003

This year's charity event will be soaring, according to Chairman of Southeast Dyslexic Program for Children Doug Sorrells.

Ireland Trailer Sales on Hwy 84 in Andalusia will host the third annual fundraiser for dyslexic children Saturday morning starting at 7 a.m. But this year's event will be a "whole different ballgame," as Sorrells said. People will be able to ride in a hot air balloon.

"I don't know if we'll start on the west or east side of town," Sorrells said. "It will mostly depend upon the wind."

In addition to the rides, consumers will be able to buy various items at the yard sale on display at Ireland's lot. People will also be able to view any of the cars and vehicles on display by sponsors Massey Automotive, Cotton Tractor and Jackson Honda.

"We hope to get as much mileage out of this fundraiser as possible," Sorrells commented.

The number of kids in the dyslexic program have had a lot of support in the area, said Sorrels.

"I don't know how many kids are in the program now," he

added, "But a couple of years ago, there were about 200 kids in the program. Schools, including Straughn, Andalusia City Schools, Red Level School, Geneva Elementary, and Repton School have a program for kids with dyslexia."

Sorrells is also the president of the Southeast Alabama Scottish Rite Club.

"Proceeds from

this event will go towards the dyslexic program and (the club's) scholarship fund," he added.

The balloon will be transported from Washington D.C. and will fly over the city Friday afternoon. Some of the sponsors, including Massey, will be set up Friday afternoon for the public to enjoy. Anyone who wants a "good photo opportunity" should be looking overhead, added Sorrells.

The ride will likely go strait up for a scenic view of the city and then back down, but specific information of the journey has yet to be decided. The cost of the balloon ride was also not set Wednesday, but will be determined by Saturday, said Sorrells.

Other than the event, Sorrells said he is proud to be a part of an organization that helps kids with a learning disability year-round.

"There is so much we do to help the kids," he said. "It's one of the best learning programs I've ever been a part of and one of the greatest organizations I've ever worked for. I'm proud of what we do for the kids."