Wilgus partners with Softball World Series

Delaware District III Little League announced this week that Wilgus Associates, a family-owned Bethany Beach business, has signed on as a sponsor for this year’s Little League World Series Championships.

“In doing so, Wilgus was one of the first local firms to recognize the importance of a second World Series that was awarded to Sussex County for 2013, giving Sussex two out of the eight Little League World Series played each year through-out the globe,” District III representatives said. “By ‘stepping-up’ early, Wilgus’ leadership has been instrumental in assisting District III to ‘approach’ their funding commitments.”

Wilgus Associates Inc.began in 1945 as a one-room insurance office in the Bethany Beach Bowling Alley. The Storm of 1962 destroyed the bowling alley, along with many other businesses in the Bethany Beach area. After recovering from the storm, the Wilgus family decided to shift one of its focuses from bowling balls to sales contracts with the initiation of a real estate sales division.

In the 1970s Wilgus added the real estate rental segment to its business. In the 1980s, the grandchildren of the founder, William F. Wilgus, graduated from college and joined the business, supplementing real estate property management as an additional service. Today, Wilgus Associates has expanded to three offices in Sussex County, offering an array of real estate and insurance services.

The Big League Softball World Series (women ages 16-18) and the Senior League Softball World Series (women ages 14-16) will be played simultaneously Aug. 4-10 in Roxana. The two championships are expected to bring 1,800 out-of-state visitors to Delaware, with an economic impact of $2.5 million, while showcasing Sussex County on multiple ESPN games.

“With an event delivering such high entertainment and financial value to Delaware, it is important to ensure this event stays in Delaware,” they said. “By relying on support from the local business community, as exemplified by Wilgus’s donation, District III LL plans to host this duel event far into the future.”

As District III LL completes their 2013 campaign, they are still seeking a few additional $1000 sponsors. Anyone interested in being one of the firms that puts this campaign “over the top” should contact Bob Slavin, marketing director for the 2013 LL WS Championships in Delaware, at rwslavin@mediacombb.net.

The series is also being sponsored in part by grants from the Delaware Tourism Office (www.visitdelaware.com) and the Carl M. Freeman Foundation.