We announce “The Cincy Celebration of Champions” as a highly interactive event brought to you by The Smith Family Foundation (TSFF) and The University of Cincinnati (UC). Join us for “Together-Together.” This “Celebration of Philanthropy” unites students and their organizations, the university community and our region’s most significant social service organization and nonprofits.
To purchase a Golf Ball Change and support a participating Non-Profit, CLICK HERE to see a complete listing of organizations. Or, pick up an order form at any Remke Markets location.
Our lead media sponsor, WKRC Channel 12, will showcase our progress and event highlights as well as feature our relationship with The Guinness Book of World Records, LTD and what is slated to be the largest drop of Wiffle balls in history.
Creators of the Wiffle ball are included in the festivities. An audience of thousands will be on hand to witness this moment. Guinness will officially adjudicate the golf ball drop as likely to be the “most balls released simultaneously.” The Guinness judge will provide on site and immediate verification.
The current record is held (at the date of this posting) at 10,000 golf balls dropped at the mega Pic-Nic 2010 Organized by Realizer Eventostpseclais and Model in Parque Eduardo VII in Lisbon Portugal (June, 5, 2010).
The Wiffle golf balls will be dropped from a giant pelican. The bird is being designed and built by a team working in collaboration between two presenters lead by UC’s Department 7’s Vincent Sausalone and TSFF’s Bruce Olson Sculptor and some dozen of his associates.
And who is our pelican?
The pelican legend was first inspired in 1997 during a visit to Old St George Catholic Church on Calhoun Street. She has become the theme for The Celebration of Champions Annual Event which NOW is the signature event for TSFF and our celebration of philanthropy in 2010’s “The Secret of Living is Giving Award.”
Our pelican is named “Lucy” in honor of the events Founder Gale Smith’s deceased mother, Francis Lucille Smith. She will contain numbered Wiffle golf balls to be dropped on the field as the pelican hovers approximately 100 feet above mid-field. Prizes are awarded based on the winning numbered golf balls being closest to a targeted area. This cascading of thousands of numbered balls toward targets will be a spectacle to behold!
Corporate partners will provide an additional layer of funds through event sponsorship.
We anticipate a mass audience, entertainment, music and participating sponsors and charitable organizations. Funds raised will directly benefit social service and UC Student organizations.
Now is the time to be in on this transformational approach to charitable fundraising.
This year’s goal of $1 MM will increase to $2MM by 2015 and exponentially increase in the year’s ahead.