2010/07/25 - Leslie Paull
Visitors from near and far will be in Longview next weekend to enjoy the colorful show taking place in the beautiful East Texas skies. The 32nd annual Great Texas Balloon Race (GTBR) will begin with an early-morning competition on Friday, July 30, and will continue through Sunday morning, August 1, at the East Texas Regional Airport. The weekend events include a balloon glow on both Friday and Saturday evenings, live concerts, kids land, and an array of vendors displaying their arts and crafts and selling concessions. New this year will be the cluster balloon flights. The pilot will inflate and assemble a giant cluster of helium balloons, secure himself to a harness attached to the balloons, and let the balloons carry him away.
GTBR executive board member Leslie Paull is serving as the 2010 sponsorship chair. She encourages the community to come out and enjoy this world-class event, which brings thousands of spectators to Longview, adding a boost for the local economy.
As an active community volunteer, Mrs. Paull utilizes her expertise as an employee in the bank card department at Texas Bank and Trust to manage the credit card payments for numerous fundraising events, including Good Shepherd Medical Center’s Gold Rush, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts Casino Night, and Habitat for Humanity’s Raisin’ the Roof. She also served as the 2010 silent auction co-chair for Raisin’ the Roof.
“I have a passion to serve however and whenever I am needed. It is very rewarding when the organization you serve accomplishes and meets their goal to know that I was a part of that,” Mrs. Paull said.
Mrs. Paull is a Longview native and graduated from Spring Hill High School. She attended Kilgore College and Tarrant County Community College. Mrs. Paull and her husband, Darrell, have three children, Krista, 17, Darrell Jr., 10, and Lizzie, 8. She is involved in the Parent Teacher Association at Spring Hill, where her children attend. The family attends St. Matthew’s Catholic Church where Mrs. Paull serves as choir director and is very involved with the Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service (ACTS) retreat teams. As a member of the church fundraising committee, Mrs. Paull has served as both decorations chair and silent auction chair for the Heavenly Hearts Dinner and Dance.
“Being a volunteer in the community is such a blessing because it gives me the opportunity to work with, as well as network with other individuals in our community that I might not otherwise have the opportunity to meet,” Mrs. Paull said. “Being a volunteer and helping with various organizations has given me the opportunity to establish some wonderful relationships with great people that I may not have been able to if I just sat idle.”