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Whiffle Ball Bash takes shape

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Apr 15, 2021


Plans are on for the North Fort Myers Civic Association’s third-annual Whiffle Ball Bash.

The organization’s largest fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 22, starting at 9 a.m. at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center.

And despite the late date, the event looks to be on its way to being the most successful yet.

Doug Dailey, a member of the NFMCA Board of Directors and chairman of the event, said now that people are getting outside and COVID protocols are being lifted, such an event can be held just in time to beat rainy season.

“Mostly every team from last year is coming back and we’ve added new sponsors along with the main sponsors. It should be another really good time and a productive fundraiser for us,” Dailey said. “We’re looking to beat our fundraising goals from the last two years.”

Dailey said they are hoping for between 20 and 24 teams to participate, and that Civic is still looking for teams and sponsors. The cost is $25 per player or $100 per team of three to five players.

There will be raffles for great prizes such as fishing charters, golf outings, gift baskets and much more. The Mighty Mussel will be there for the opening ceremony.

All-American Printing and Signarama will be the title sponsors once again.

The rules will be slightly different from the previous two years. The bats will be slightly larger as a way to help increase scoring as many of the games in the past were like World Cup soccer matches.

“We wanted to get away from the 1-0 scores, so the rules are in place to add some offense this year,” Dailey said, adding that they did not seen the endorsement from Wiffle Ball, thus the addition of the h in the word Whiffle.

Dailey said the original intent of the event was to ring in Spring Training Baseball. Looking ahead to 2022, he said the plan is to return to playing the tournament in February.

The North Fort Myers Recreation Center is at 2000 N. Recreation Way.

For more information, go to NFMcivic.com and click on the Whiffle Ball link, or call Dailey at (239) 823-1388.