United Way of Indian River County’s Inaugural Wiffle Palooza Wiffle Ball Tournament Strikes a Home Run for Community Support

United Way of Indian River County successfully hosted its first-ever Wiffle Palooza Wiffle Ball Tournament on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Thompson Fields, home to Vero Beach Little League. Despite a brief rain delay, the event turned out to be a grand success, featuring a full-fledged tournament that brought together 15 teams, including esteemed funded partners like the Mental Health Collaborative and Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council.

The highlight of the tournament was the thrilling competition, culminating in the ‘Bad News Wifflers’ emerging victorious as the overall winners. The Home Run Derby showcased exceptional talent, with Cristian Nodal claiming the title of Home Run Derby Winner. In the Pitch-Off competition, Ryan Culver displayed outstanding skills and was crowned the Pitch-Off Winner. With special appreciation to Sailfish Vero Beach and Walking Tree Brewery for their donation of prizes. 

The event would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of volunteers. Special thanks go to James Mullinax, and Marianne and Reed Bartholomew for coordinating the concession stand, ensuring that participants and spectators had a delightful experience. Additionally, a special shout-out to Kyle Morgan, who not only emerged as the 50/50 winnings recipient but graciously donated his winnings back to the United Way, embodying the spirit of community and generosity that defines our cause.

Additionally, United Way would like to thank Route 60 Hyundai and Homes by Bethany and Melinda for their invaluable sponsorship, contributing to the triumph of the Inaugural Wiffle Palooza Wiffle Ball Tournament. Adding a sweet touch to the festivities, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice crafted a special Strawberry Palooza flavor exclusively for the occasion, further enhancing the overall enjoyment of the attendees.

The United Way of Indian River County expresses gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the Inaugural Wiffle Palooza Wiffle Ball Tournament. The event not only provided a day of fun and friendly competition but also raised awareness and support for important community causes. All proceeds benefit the programs and services supported by United Way of Indian River County.    


About United Way of Indian River County 

United Way of Indian River County (UWIRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every community member. United Way works with local programs to provide resources to individuals and families in crisis today while working year-round to improve community conditions and create lasting solutions. We are effectively building a solid foundation and improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For more information about your local United Way, please call (772) 567-8900 or visit our website, UnitedWayIRC.org.   

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