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Kroc Center Director Breaks Bell Ringing World Record, Makes It To 57 hours

Although Jason Perkins wasn't able to set a new world record, he raised more than $7,000 and gained publicity for the Suisun City Kroc Center.

In the end, Kroc Center Director Jason Perkins' wife silenced the bell.

As the contest rules went, Perkins was only allowed water and Gatorade during the marathon bell-ringing session, and lack of sleep was a factor at the end.

As Salvation Army Capt. Jonathan Harvey tells it, Perkins' wife hugged him and gently held his ringing arm still. After a moment of silence, the crowd around Jason erupted in applause, celebrating the 57 hours and 27 minutes Perkins was able to ring the bell.

Perkins may not have set a world record, but he set the western regional record and outlasted a key San Francisco rival. Other bell ringers on the east coast -- three as of 10 p.m. Saturday -- remained out of a field of more than 16 original bell ringers.

A Fox 40 Sacramento cameraman caught the last moments of Perkins' bell-ringing on camera, but it remains to be seen what kind of footage the news crew will air.

Patch will bring you a compilation of the coverage Perkins received on Monday.

Jonathan Harvey December 18, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Jason's determination and true grit were evident to the end. Jason is to be applauded for his amazing feat and for bringing attention to the kettle campaign and the needs of the people we serve. The Kroc Center will have a director at the helm who will go above and beyond for those who use the it. We salute you Jason!
di holokahi December 18, 2011 at 08:17 PM
We love you jason!!! You're the KROC Center SUPERMAN.

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