Wiffle ball tournament aims for a fundraising homerun

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ESSEX, Vt. (WCAX) One of the most popular charity events in Vermont is back for another year. The 17th Travis Roy Wiffle Ball Tournament is off and running.

They are calling this year's edition the Drive for Five-- as in a total of $5 million raised for the Travis Roy Foundation.

Last year's event brought in just under $600,000, the second highest total in the event's history and brought the total money raised from the event to over $4.6 million. All funds go to the Travis Roy Foundation that benefits and creates awareness for people with spinal cord injuries. Now, they're looking to clear the $5 million mark this weekend, all from a wiffle ball tournament in Pat and Beth O'Connor's backyard.

The annual celebrity/sponsor game got underway Friday evening. Earlier Friday, our Mike McCune spoke with one of the stars of this year's event, a certain Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player from Montpelier, Amanda Pelkey. Watch the video to see.