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Whiffle ball tournament fundraises over $500,000 for charity

August 16, 2017

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont whiffle ball tournament in its 16th year has raised over $500,000 for people with spinal cord injuries — the second-highest collection in the tournament’s history.

The Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament is held annually in Essex and was played over last weekend. The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/2vDH9lD ) the event was held at the home of Essex resident’s Pat and Beth O’Connor — who have three backyard fields.

All funds raised by the tournament are donated to the Travis Roy Foundation, which benefits and creates awareness for people with spinal cord injuries. It is named after the former Boston University men’s hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury during his first game.

In its 16 years the tournament has raised more than $4.6 million.

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