Hero’s hopes to set world record, benefit diabetes charityWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hero’s, The Party Experience in Rossford, will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest marathon on a bouncy castle. The Bounce-A-Thon will raise money for the Diabetes Youth Services organization (DYS).
A Hero’s team of staff members will begin bouncing Thursday, March 10 at 5 p.m. and continue through the night and the following day, in hopes of finishing with a new world record at 6:30 p.m. March 11.
“We’ll finish up sometime on Friday. We hope to make it at least 26 hours for the record and we may keep going from there. Who knows?” said Brandi Smith, co-owner of Hero’s with her husband Nathan, an engineer by trade.
The Guinness World Record for jumping is 25 hours and 25 minutes, so Hero’s wants to break it with at least 26 hours, Smith said.
The Hero’s team includes students from area colleges including Tiffany Renner of Bowling Green State University, Danielle Burkhart and Taylor Burkhart of the University of Toledo, and Joanna Jakubowski and Andrew Smith of Owens Community College.
The team members will rotate so that someone is bouncing continuously to qualify for the Guinness World Record, Smith said.
Volunteers will serve as timekeepers and witnesses throughout the event as required for a new record. Four people will serve per hour so Hero’s needs more than 100 volunteers, she said.
The mayors of Maumee, Perrysburg and other communities will serve as timekeepers and witnesses at the event.
“We want people to come out and cheer them on. We hope to be at capacity when we break the record and have a huge balloon drop to celebrate it,” Smith said.
Hero’s, at 9851 Meridian Court, will have activities for all ages throughout the event like face painting, balloon twisting, airbrush tattoos, rock star makeovers, crafts and zany games with prizes and giveaways.
Nerf Wars will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. with a live disc jockey conducting karaoke, trivia and Family Feud contests from 9 p.m. to midnight. Pizza, food and beverages will be available from the kitchen.
Free breakfast will be served Friday morning, Smith said. Special activities for toddlers will be held from noon until 2 or 3 p.m.
Raffle prizes include the grand prize of a Suite at The Palace of Auburn Hills for a Detroit Pistons game, with other prizes such as birthday parties, a computer, a limousine ride and $50 gift certificates donated by area restaurants.
Admission is $10 per child with parents for free just as the regular playtime sessions. Fifty percent of all tickets sales from Hero’s Bounce-A-Thon will support the scholarship program for the DYS summer camps.
“We are so excited to be part of Hero’s celebration on behalf of kids and families in our area living with Type 1 diabetes,” said Susan Harms, executive director of DYS, an organization that teaches local children how to manage diabetes daily.
“It’s all about having fun and raising money for a good cause. All the money raised stays right here in our community,” she said.
DYS sponsors two summer camp programs for area children with diabetes, including a camp in June at Camp Libbey in Defiance and Day Camp in July at Olander Park in Sylvania.
After throwing more than 4,000 birthday parties for children, Hero’s is celebrating the fourth birthday of the party experience in March. It specializes in parties for children with inflatable recreation, organized games, a carnival tent and retro-themed party rooms for families.