Monthly Archives: October 2013

Susan G. Komen Award

                    Charlie Johnson and Pat Reed

October 17, 2013 is a day I won’t ever forget. It is when my great friend Pat Reed of the Susan G. Komen Foundation presented me with an award for twenty years of service to the Race For The Cure at the Hard Rock Café.

The award was greatly appreciated, The Race is so very special to me. Working with Pat for the last ten years has been an extreme pleasure. There is a special bond between us and I was so honored to have her present the award to me.

I would be lying if I told you I was speechless. Told the story most had never heard before.  How all the Survivors who walked under the Survivor Arch or who now sit below the Big Pink Balloon Ribbon on the grand stand are my “Angels”.

It started out oh so many years ago, when it came to me, that some way I had to identify their major personal achievement of beating breast cancer.

I decided that each Survivor was an “Angel”.  

I am Charlie, and they are “Angels”, so naturally they are one of “Charlie’s Angel. Cute, Huh !!

I love to tell that story to each Survivor I meet. Can’t tell you how many hugs and kisses I have received from one of my Angels. But, it is well over a couple of thousand, way cool, right!

Now that night was a bitter sweet moment for me. My great friend Pat is leaving Susan G. Komen. To travel the country with her husband Saint Bob. They are just going to go where their hearts desire.

To all my Angels…. ….Thank you……….See ya next year !


The Lighter Side

Halloween jokes are so cool ……. most of these a 10 year old can get, so now go find a 10 year old to help you with the answers to these jokes……….Smiling big time now.

1. How do you mend a Jack-O-Lantern?

2. What is Dracula’s favorite fruit?

3. What did the skeleton order with his drink?

4. Why couldn’t Dracula’s wife get to sleep?

5. What do you call a fat Jack-O-Lantern?

 The answers to these jokes follow the next article.


Idea of the Month: Spider Balloon Drop


Spider Balloon Drop

Halloween …….. is a Spooktacular Day and is my favorite holiday by far. Goes back to when I was a young pup growing up in Minneapolis.

Everyone dressed up in home made costumes and went Trick or Treating through out the neighborhood. We would grab our pillow cases and form a group of goblins, ghosts, cowboys, Indians, soldiers, princesses, devils, bums and witches and go door to door…… parents on the street, just us kids……

Things have changed over the years………Halloween is the second biggest holiday, only Christmas is bigger. Halloween is no longer for kids. It is a major party day for adults. Think it is because all of us had such a great time as kids. What do you think?

Each year Balloons by Absolute Value does at least one grand Halloween party. We have created ghosts, witches, Jack-O-Lanterns, scarecrows and Frankenstein to name just some of the unique décor.

But my favorite thing to do is to provide a Spider Shaped Balloon Drop. The legs of the Spider usually span the entire width of the ballroom.

The body is the balloon drop, usually 24 feet long and 6 feet wide. Containing 500 black and clear balloons with Spider imprints on them. The head is a 3 foot black balloon with yellow or red eyes. 

Then at the bewitching hour, usually midnight, the Spider’s balloon (drop) body opens and gives birth to 500 baby spiders cascading on the costumed guests below. It’s a happening not to be missed. 

So maybe this year you can make your Halloween Party even more Spooktacular with a Spider Balloon Drop. Give us a call and let’s explore it happening for you.



The Lighter Side Answers

1. How do you mend a Jack-O-Lantern?
        Answer: With a pumpkin patch.

2. What is Dracula’s favorite fruit?
        Answer: A nectarine.

3. What did the skeleton order with his drink?
        Answer: A mop.

4. Why couldn’t Dracula’s wife get to sleep?
       Answer: Because of his coffin.

5. What do you call a fat Jack-O-Lantern?
       Answer: A plumkin.

I hope you’re smiling now, big time…..If you didn’t get the answers right, you didn’t find a 10 year old either…….Large laugh now…….



Spotlight on Bonfils Drive for Life

Bonfils Drive for Life

Every year there are events that we just love to do. One of them is Bonfils Blood Centers, “Drive for Life” blood drive.

The Denver Broncos Football Club will again partner with Bonfils to collect blood.  On October 22nd it will be the 16th annual “Drive for Life” community blood drive.

Sports Authority Field at Mile High will again be the place to donate blood, get autographs, meet the cheerleaders, current Bronco players and players from yesteryear….

Donating blood is relatively painless and doesn’t take long. This is truly a rewarding experience……bring your football, helmet, t-shirt or bowling pin and get them signed by your favorite player(s).

Don’t forget it is October 22nd at Sports Authority Field at Mile High…… part of the state’s largest single-day blood drive that helps over 4,000 lives.

ps. Say Hi to Billy Thompson from me……..Charlie Johnson


The Lighter Side

This months lighter side is a slight departure of the word jokes usually found here. My love of a good pun will be here instead, hope you find them punny !

1. I was on a class trip to the Coca-Cola plant.
        I hoped there’s a pop quiz.

2. A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

3. I tried to catch some Fog. I mist.

4. What does a clock do when it’s hungry?
It goes back four seconds.

5. I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

6. How do you make holy water? Boil the hell out of it!

7.What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive
vocabulary?  A Thesaurus !


Spotlight – Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure – September 29, 2013

The picture above is one of the coolest photos I have seen in a very long time………it shows thousands and thousands of walkers walking for the Race for the Cure.

Balloons by Absolute Value did the rainbow colored balloon arch (center of photo) for the family run on Auraria Parkway near the Pepsi Center where this picture was taken.

On September 29th of 2013, the 21st annual Race for the Cure took place in Denver. Over 30,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of Denver in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

I am proud to say that Balloons by Absolute Value has been the balloon decorators for 20 of those 21 years. When you see the Iconic Big Pink Balloon Ribbon, the Rainbow Arch, balloon columns and loose balloons you will know that we were there while you were sleeping.

One day I hope not to do this event because they have found the cure for Breast Cancer……we are getting closer each year to solving this mystery.

If you missed the race, you still can donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation……..who knows it might be your donation that finds the cure.