Not content with restricting himself to other people’s fundraisers, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital patient and devoted fundraiser Logan Jordan, 14, of Windham held his third annual Wiffle ball tournament last Saturday, raising $908 for the hospital, with the help of his parents and some generous contributors.

A veteran fundraiser, Jordan turned a pick-up game of Wiffle ball, baseball played with hollow plastic equipment and a few modified rules, in the summer of 2005 into a collection racket, netting a quick $64 for the hospital that saved his life.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Jordan.

Next year’s game featured a remarkable increase in size and income, pulling in $509. This year’s event raised money through entrance fees, donations, a concession stand and raffle tickets.

“It’s grown so much that they have moved it out of their front yard,” said Elliott Pitts, development manager for the children’s hospital. This year’s Wiffle ball fundraiser was held at the Gorham Sports Center. “It’s wonderful how much he’s willing to be involved.”

She said Logan is still raising money with an XBox 360 raffle being held out of the Maine Medical Center gift shop. The drawing will be Friday, Sept. 14.

“Logan’s not giving up until after they’ve raised $1,000,” said Pitts.

“It’s good to know this is for a fundraiser,” said Ryan Tenney, 13, of Windham, who participated. “I’d rather be doing this than playing video games.

Family and friends of Jordan helped the event run smoothly.

Jordan’s aunt Bobbi Brackett, of Westbrook, ran the concession stand.

“When it comes to Logan and all the beneficiaries, we’re all involved,” she said.

Wiffle ball player Jake Erickson, 14, of Windham, met Jordan through playing Little League and said Jordan puts everything he’s got into what he does.

“He plays with his full heart, even though he only has half of one,” said Erickson.

Loganball1: Logan Jordan, 14, of Windham mounts the plate at his third annual wiffle ball tournament held in Gorham last saturday, raising $907.64 for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.


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