Vienna, VA (PRWEB) July 29, 2008
The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation announced today that it is holding the 13th Annual Northern Virginia Wiffle® Ball World Series on Saturday, August 9th at Waters Field in Vienna, Va. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation supporting brain cancer research.
Gates will open to the public at 8:30 a.m. Former major league baseball player Curtis Pride will throw out the first pitch at 9 a.m., followed by Town of Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly who will face-off in a Home Run Derby. Forty-one teams will compete in an all-day tournament beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals will begin at 5 p.m. Admission is $5; kids seven and under are free.
In addition to the wiffle® ball tournament, there will be fun-filled events for the whole family. There will be a raffle for items such as a Wii, iPods and more. There will also be plenty of activities for kids including moon bounces, carnival games, face painting and clowns. There will also be a toddler field for kids aged six and under to hit balls and run the bases.
"This year's event is going to be another special day in the heart of Vienna," said Mike Ryan, commissioner of the Northern Virginia Wiffle® Ball World Series. "This is the third year in a row that the Town of Vienna has opened its doors to us. It means so much to us to hold this special event in Brian's home town. We have a wonderful opportunity to raise money to fight brain cancer, in addition to a fun-filled day full of love and support for Brian and those afflicted with brain cancer."
The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation has donated over $124,000 to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, which is internationally recognized as a leader in research and treatment of brain tumors. In addition, The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation has reached out to the community by awarding two $5,000 grants to area families facing brain cancer.
A native of Vienna, Brian was diagnosed with a grade IV glioblastoma brain tumor on Sept. 8, 2003. Despite extensive treatment at The Brain Tumor Center at Duke including four craniotomies, radiation, and participation in experimental trials, Brian lost his battle and passed away on May 23, 2005.
Brain cancer research is under funded and the cure rate is significantly lower than that of many other types of cancer. Brian, his wife Amy and his sister Kristin established The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation in 2004 to help change this. The mission of the foundation is to help find a cure for brain cancer. The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation is a positive force for other patients dealing with a brain tumor diagnosis and strives to help other patients and their families deal with this formidable opponent.
For more information about the Northern Virginia Wiffle® Ball World Series or to donate to this special cause, please visit http://www.brianbedell.org.
About The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation
The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation is a non-profit public charity that has a 501(c) (3) status. Our mission is to help find a cure for brain cancer. The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation will be a positive force for other patients dealing with a brain tumor diagnosis and strive to help patients and their families deal with this formidable opponent. We will increase public awareness of brain cancer and will help to raise crucial funds needed to find effective treatments and one day a cure for brain cancer.
About the Northern Virginia Wiffle® Ball World Series
On Saturday, August 9, 2008, The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation is sponsoring a special fundraiser in Brian's hometown of Vienna, Va. The 13th annual Northern Virginia Wiffle® Ball World Series (NVWWS) will feature the nation's finest wiffle® ball teams supporting a great cause. This event, held at Water's Field, will be a fun-filled day including a Home Run Derby, DJ, special guests, entertainment for children and the entire family -- and much more. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation. For more information on this exciting event, see the NVWWS link on http://www.brianbedell.org.