Awards & Events

New Castle Rotary to Recognize StarBound Entertainment Founder

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – New Castle Rotary Club #89 has named Toni McKay as the Rotary Entrepreneur of the Year. The club will recognize McKay at a dinner May 18 at the Villa Banquet Center.

Born in Ellwood City, the daughter of the late John and Louise Mazzant, McKay is a self-made businesswoman who has entertained millions of spectators with her giant helium parade balloons. Two decades ago, she founded StarBound Entertainment, which has more than 400 balloons.

Her giant character balloons have appeared in such prestigious events as the Kentucky Derby, Pegasus Parade, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Indianapolis 500, ABC’s Disney Christmas parade and the Orange Bowl. In addition, her balloons have appeared in several motion pictures and commercials and this summer will appear in a new film, Lost and Found in Cleveland.

StarBound balloons also helped Ted Turner launch his 24-hour Cartoon Network channel and inaugurate Jacobs Field in Cleveland.

Tickets for the dinner, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., are $35 per person and can be purchased by contacting Dale Perelman at 724 654 9430 or via email, or Drew McDowell at 724 598 1210 or via email.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.