Franciscan Hospital for Children, a nonprofit located in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, and The Travis Roy Foundation, which raises funds to help spinal cord injury victims, recently teamed for the fourth year to raise $120,000, beating their goal by 20%.
Funds raised this year surpassed the $90,000 raised in 2013.
Twenty-four teams, cheered on by 250 attendees, participated in the annual Boston Wiffle Ball Challenge at Boston University’s Nickerson Field to raise funds for Franciscan Hospital for Children and the Travis Roy Foundation.
Each charity raises funds independently and net proceeds from this event are split. This event represents 2% of the hospital’s yearly fundraising goal and 7% for the Travis Roy Foundation.
Mark Cummings, chief advancement and marketing officer for Franciscan Hospital, said, “With two wonderful charities partnering together to host an event like the Boston Wiffle Ball Challenge and a committee dedicated to getting lots of teams to participate, the event was bound to be a success. Our thanks go to the team captains and each and every player who put their heart into the game and their treasure into these two worthy charities.”
Funds were raised by team sponsors, at $5,000 per team, with several larger corporate sponsors hosting multiple teams.
This year’s event re-created the Beanpot Hockey Championship that is held in March between the Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University. Several industry “grudge matches” were set up to make the day more interesting. The Cushman and Wakefield team were this year’s champions.
“It’s truly remarkable the growth the tournament saw this year. A huge thank you to the local businesses, their employees and Boston University for their support both of the Travis Roy Foundation and Franciscan Hospital for Children.” –Travis Roy
Franciscan Hospital for Children, a leading pediatric rehabilitation center in New England, offers medical, behavioral, and educational services for children with complex issues requiring interdisciplinary care
The Travis Roy Foundation seeks to enhance the life of spinal cord injured individuals and families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible.