WESTFIELD, NJ — The fifth annual Wiffle Ball tournament benefiting Sister Pat’s Kids Camp, which was organized and run by Westfield kids with help from their parents, raised $16,000 on Friday, according to Barbara Sullivan, mother of one of the tournament’s founders. Sister Pat’s serves underprivileged children who are diagnosed with cancer or who have a sibling with the disease.
“For the past five years, on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, Tamaques Park comes alive with Westfield area kids playing Wiffle Ball to help other children not as fortunate as them. This year, with the generosity of 60 sponsors, 300-plus players and 200-plus spectators, $16,000 was raised to make a huge difference for these campers,” Sullivan said.
In addition to entry fees, raffles for sports memorabilia at the tournament helped raise money for the camp.
“Five of the original six organizers will be graduating Westfield High School in a few weeks: John Birle, Chris Caminiti, Logan Klier, Alison Krakauer and Chris Sullivan,” Sullivan said. “While we know they will remain actively involved with the camp and the tournament, we humbly want to thank them for their dedication and loyalty to the kids. While much is written about today’s generation and their obsession with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, six kids — including Katie Sullivan — took a simple, old-fashion game and with a dream of making a difference, they did just that.”