Last year, Caleb Stokes and Leilan McNally made bell ringing history. The men rang the iconic bells outside of the Emmis Communications Building on Monument Circle for 60 straight hours.

The World Record of Bell Ringing was put on by The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters as part of a national effort to celebrate and recognize 120 years of The Salvation Army Red Kettle. Now we celebrate 122 years!

2011 started with 24 contestants across the country.  By 10 PM on Saturday there were only 3 contestants left.  Leilan, Caleb and Darrell Tureskis, another contestant from Springfield IL, crossed the 60 hour mark and set the new world record.  Contestants were required to stand the entire time and were allowed a 10 minute break every four hours. They also could not eat anything and could only drink water or sports drinks.

So who will beat that record this year? Will someone step up and defend Indiana as reigning champ?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Current Record Stands at 60 Hours
  • Entry Deadline is Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  •  Rules of the contest include, but are not limited to:
    Contestants must stand the entire time
    Contestants must ring the bell continuously
    Contestants must be Army bell ringers
  • This year, contestants may eat and drink non-alcoholic beverages, but only during approved breaks.
  • The contest is open to Salvation Army bell ringers nationwide.
  • Entry deadline is Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET.
  •  Contestants must sign-up as bell ringers with their local Salvation Army unit


Background:  The annual Red Kettle Campaign was started as a fundraiser by Salvation Army Captain Joseph Mcfee in San Francisco in 1891. Since that time, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells daily and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. In 2011, the campaign collected a record $147 million nationwide, supported by the public’s nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars, credit cards and helped The Salvation Army serve 30 million people in communities where the money was raised.

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