September 13, 2002

Hot air balloon event to benefit Wilkerson Center

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Dr. Timothy Quill encouraged health care professionals to keep an open dialogue with terminally ill patients, being prepared to answer difficult questions. (photo by Dana Johnson)

The Turner Universal Hot Air Affair, sponsored by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Music City Balloon Promotions Company, will be Sept. 13-14 in Franklin.

The second annual event will be at The Peoples Church, located at Highway 96 and Mack Hatcher Bypass. The affair offers a weekend of hot air ballooning and free flight competitions for the pilots.

The event benefits Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, an internationally recognized facility with a distinguished history of identifying and serving the needs of persons with communication and hearing disorders. The Center offers a range of patient services including audiology, speech-language pathology, comprehensive rehabilitation for acquired brain injury, complete medical and surgical management of head and neck problems, and otolaryngologic diseases and disorders.

Grounds open Friday at 4 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. balloon glow. On Saturday the event opens at noon with the fly-out event at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.