Group Will Try For Wiffle Ball World Record June 6-7
By Mike Perleberg
(Brookville, Ind.) – Usually reserved for carefree family time in the backyard, the game of wiffle ball will become serious business in Brookville on June 6 and 7.
A group of volunteers is planning to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest wiffle ball game ever played. The event held at Brook Hill Golf Course, 10172 Reservoir Road, will be used as a fundraiser for Safe Passage, Inc., a non-profit shelter for victims of domestic violence located in Batesville.
Among the organizers is State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville).
“Typically Safe Passage receives some funding from our local government here in Franklin County. However this year, due to budget constraints, they were cut from the county budget. As a result they have a deficiency in their own budget. To try and help we are putting together a fundraising effort to raise as much money as possible for them,” McMillin says.
If you’re wondering, yes, there is a current record for the longest wiffle ball game: 25 ½ hours. McMillin says he and a small group of committed souls will attempt to play for at least 36 hours starting Friday, June 6.
The record attempt is in need of two things: help and fundraising support. The Guinness Book of World Records requires that two witnesses ages 18 or older who are not related to any of the participants must be at the game at all times.
“Since we will be playing all night this isn’t easy. People who are witnessing will have food and drink provided for them, and we would even like them to participate as umpires if they can,” says McMillin.
Anybody who would like to serve as a record witness should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizers hope to hit home run when it comes to raising money for Safe Passage, the shelter serving Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties. Individuals, organizations, or businesses can make tax-deductible contributions of a defined dollar amount or pledge a certain amount per each event in the game. For example, $1 per strikeout or $5 per home run.
“Every single penny of any donation received will go to Safe Passage,” says McMillin. “We will be making sure that people who make contributions are properly recognized so this could be a great opportunity for some great positive exposure for stepping up the plate to help out a worthy organization, in addition to getting the taxable benefit.”
Checks can be made payable to Safe Passage, Inc. then mailed to Safe Passage c/o Julie Little, 814 Main Street, Brookville, Indiana 47012.