The Where’s Waldo World Pub Crawl and Word Record Attempt held on June 15 was a fun-filled event that brought together all kinds of people in celebration of the iconic children’s book character, Waldo. While the world record of 3,872 set in Dublin, Ireland was not quite reached, Atlanta’s first attempt was still a success. Waldos and Wandas and even one Odlaw (Waldo’s nemesis) were sprinkled throughout Buckhead and the East Andrews Entertainment District, enjoying complimentary drinks from several venues including Stout Irish Pub, East Andrews Cafe and Bar, The Red Door Tavern, The Dive Bar and Lost Dog Tavern. Many of the venues’ bartenders and waitstaff also joined in the fun by sporting their best Waldo attire. A scavenger hunt of Waldo related items also took place with participants winning a variety of door prizes throughout the evening.
As the evening progressed and turned into night, all of the Waldos, Wandas and the one Odlaw came together for a dance party with Atlanta’s premier ’80s band 80’s ‘R’ Us. Even the band sported their red and white Waldo stripes. The venue was filled to the brim with Waldos and Wandas dancing to tunes by Billy Idol, Prince, The Violent Femmes, and so much more, making for quite a unique experience to witness. While the pub crawl and world record attempt was a ton of fun, because a portion of the proceeds from the pub crawl went to the nonprofit OneSight, attendees could also walk away knowing that their participation in the event helped people around the world who are in need of proper eyewear.
The Where’s Waldo Bar Crawl also partnered with Costumes, Etc., and 15 percent of the proceeds from Waldo costumes purchased online were donated to OneSight. Aside from the donation of proceeds made from the event, participants also donated gently worn eyewear for men, women and children who do not have access to or cannot afford vision care.
OneSight is an organization committed to providing clear vision to millions in need through the hand-delivery of primary vision care and eyewear all over the world. All donated eyewear from the pub crawl will be recycled by OneSight and hand-delivered to one of their Global Optical Clinics.