Ping-pong tournament raises $6,000 for Concern Hotline | Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Dozens of table tennis gamers squared off Saturday on the third annual Full Contact Ping Pong occasion at Escutcheon Brewing at 142 W. Industrial St.

The double elimination match ran from midday to six p.m., with proceeds going to the nonprofit Concern Hotline, a Winchester-based disaster intervention and suicide prevention group that serves individuals within the area.

4 ping-pong tables had been arrange — three for enjoying and one for follow.

Concern Hotline Government Director Rusty Holland stated about 250 individuals attended the match, 32 of whom truly performed. He stated $6,000 was raised, up from $5,000 final yr.

Regardless of the title “Full Contact Ping Pong,” there truly isn’t any bodily contact concerned. Holland stated title is a “play on phrases” and a reference to the paddle having full contact with the ball.

“For those who don’t make full contact with the ball, you aren’t going to win,” Holland stated.

Since its creation three years in the past, the occasion has taken on a lifetime of its personal.

“There’s nothing like this anyplace round right here,” stated Holland. “As you possibly can inform, it’s fairly fashionable. I crammed up the match schedule in two weeks. It’s pay to play,” with every participant paying $30. “It’s superior. It simply retains getting higher and higher. I’ve had individuals asking us to do one other one, as a result of they need to play extra than simply as soon as.”

The cash raised will assist Concern Hotline present volunteers with suicide intervention coaching. The coaching takes two days.

Concern Hotline acquired about 2,500 calls final yr, with a median of six to eight calls a day, Holland stated.

Volunteers who discipline hotline calls have eight hours of coaching. The skilled suicide interventionists might be known as upon to fulfill with individuals who could also be considering suicide.

“One of many issues that I believe our society on the whole, and positively our local people, is present process is that this actual shift in direction of loneliness and isolation,” Holland stated. “All of us form of really feel remoted, so lots of people are calling with this despondency and isolation.”

He stated individuals who name the hotline are usually affected by melancholy, anxiousness, loneliness, diseases or habit. The hotline is designed to supply help with out judgement.

“I inform individuals nearly each cellphone name we take is a possible suicide name,” Holland stated. “If we aren’t there for them, if we don’t reply the cellphone, then what have they got?”

Frederick County Commissioner of the Income Seth Thatcher got here to the match along with his spouse Kelly to help the trigger. Thatcher was eradicated from the sport by competitor Steve Dillard.

“It feels horrible to lose, nevertheless, it’s assuaged by the truth that we’re elevating cash for Concern Hotline,” Thatcher stated. “…I believe it’s one of many higher fundraisers for charities simply because, ping-pong. I like ping-pong.”

Dillard stated this was his second yr taking part within the match. “[It’s] simply throughout enjoyable and a very good time for everyone.”

Escutcheon Brewery proprietor Artwork Main stated the turnout for the occasion was “insane.” He stated his enterprise commonly helps Concern Hotline.

“It’s a charity that I help each by way of my enterprise and personally,” Main stated. “I’m a veteran and there’s so many veterans which are committing suicide. … Rusty is a pal. Nevertheless it’s additionally one thing that is essential to me as a result of I’ve had some pals who’ve killed themselves.”

Trophies and money prizes had been awarded to the highest three winners. First-place went to Winchester resident Dan Soares, second-place to Hagerstown, Maryland, resident Terry Lonergan, and third-place to Calvin Yarborough of Capon Bridge, West Virginia. All three donated their money prizes to Concern Hotline.

For extra details about Concern Hotline, go to These in want of help from a skilled Concern Hotline volunteer ought to name 540-667-0145.