Italian Club Will Break Guinness Record with World’s Largest Meatball

All in the name of a good cause.

The globe’s biggest ball of twine? Already taken.

The most colossal non-stick frying pan? Too gaudy.

The world’s largest meatball? We’re listening.

With six months to go, the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island is laying the groundwork — the right chef, a gigantic pot, the finest seasoning — to create a 1,500-pound, all-beef meatball that will weigh its way into the Guinness World Record book.

According to South Carolina’s The Post and Courier, club members turned a lighthearted idea into an all-day fall event that will include a meatball-eating contest, meatball cook-off and meatball-themed 5K.

Yet it’s not all fun and games — the motivation behind the stunt is grounded in a charitable mission: stock local food pantries and church kitchens with generous meatball servings for the poor and impoverished.

“There is no doubt that the Hilton Head Island area is a special community, surrounded by immense beauty and wonderful people,” the club told The Island Packet. “But…many of our close neighbors are struggling with diverse issues and need assistance in many aspects of their lives. Among those, the most basic necessity — nourishment.”

There is one bit of bad news, though: the current Guinness Record holders, the Columbus Italian Club, of Columbus, Ohio, will lose the semi-dubious distinction as it was they who cooked up an 1,100-pound meatball in 2011 to claim the global prize.

The event, happening Nov. 18, is expected to draw scores of members and participants who want to support the cause and raise a fork to meatball lovers everywhere.

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