From Klein’s ShopRite:
Edgewood, Maryland: “It’s a great benefit for the kids and the Sheriff’s Office, and we thank Klein’s ShopRite for coming up with the idea,” says Edgewood Boys & Girls Club Branch Director Henry Harris, about the upcoming Charity Basketball Match between ShopRite employees and Sheriff’s Deputies, being held Friday night, March 27, 2015, at 7 pm at the Edgewood Boys & Girls Club, 2002 Cedar Drive in Edgewood, Maryland.
The match is open to the public; open seating tickets are $2 for Boys & Girls Club members and $3 for the general public, with 100% of the ticket revenue being donated to the Club. Spectators may also sponsor individual players based on a per-basket contribution, again with 100% of the sponsorships going to the Club; sponsor sheets will be available at the door and may be filled out up to the commencement of the match.
“We’ve never done anything like this before,” says Sue Gephardt, Human Resources Coordinator at Klein’s ShopRite of North Main Street. “Dean Waddell, who is a member of our maintenance department here at our Main Street supermarket, came up with the idea, and Dean also will be our player-coach,” she adds.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies squad will be led by Captain Stephen Thomas, Commander of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Division, who has worked with youth programs in the Route 40 Corridor on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office for years.
“We’ll be selling refreshments, and there’s a half-time hoops contest scheduled, too,” says Thomas. “All in all, it should be a great evening and fun for all, and we really hope a lot of people come out to see us together in a positive light, and at a positive function.”
Harris agrees: “It’s important to build positively on the way our kids look on law enforcement personnel — here they see them doing something fun and beneficial to them,” he states.
Klein’s ShopRite recently donated $5,000 to the At-Risk Youth program of the Harford County Sheriff’s Foundation. “This is just as important,” says Andrew Klein, President of Klein’s ShopRite. “Money helps programs, but seeing people actively participating in positive activities helps more,” he adds.
For more information, please call the Edgewood Boys & Girls Clubs at 410-676-1020.