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Unofficial Counts Show Terre Haute Residents Break World Record

Terre Haute residents vied for a world record Monday night while attempting to bring awareness to child safety issues.  Indiana State University’s Dede Plaza filled with people hoping to break the world record for the most people simultaneously howling at the moon.  Event Organizer James Wallace II said the event not only promotes child safety issues, but also highlights local youth organizations.

“We have community service organizations such as Chances For Youth that passes out car seats for those in need,” Wallace said.  “We also promote Ryves Hall -- an outstanding youth organization here in town that serves troubled youth.  We also support and are promoting the Children’s Museum of Terre Haute.”

Last December, an accident left Wallace’s five-year-old granddaughter a quadriplegic because she was not properly secured in a car seat.  Wallace said he hopes the event will bring awareness of child safety issues not only to local parents but also to state legislators.  Director of Ryves Youth Center Jim Edwards said a small amount of awareness goes a long way toward benefiting organizations like his.

“As with anything else,  publicity helps,” Edawards explained.  “Bringing more people that are interested in protecting children and saving children to find out what we’re doing will help.  And the kids that are here can find out a little about our activities.”

As the night grew darker and the full moon rose, unofficial counts indicated the event -- which drew an estimated 300 people -- bested the previous record of 250.  However, Wallace said official notification will only come once all the verification materials are submitted.  He predicts it will take at least 6 weeks for the final verdict to arrive from officials with the Guinness Book.

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