From Harford Family House:
On August 10th, Harford Family House hosted its 2nd Annual Home Runs for the Homeless event at Ripken Stadium. The event began with Mayor Michael Bennett of Aberdeen throwing out the first pitch which was caught by HFH’s Executive Director, Joyce Duffy
Sixteen teams representing various businesses and corporations from Harford County played in the tournament. The winning team was Rite Aid Corporation with the Arena Starz and Steamfitters and Plumbers Union tied for second place. Last year’s Champion, Benfield Electric was in third place. Two home runs were hit and the individual batting champion was Shane Justis of team Arena Starz. Rite Aid received the coveted “bat” trophy which will remain at the Rite Aid Distribution Center in Aberdeen until next year’s tournament. “We will have the trophy for the next five years” stated Tim Peifley of Rite Aid, who said their team will work hard to make sure they win the event each year to keep the trophy in their possession.
The event was highlighted on WBAL TV evening news on August 10th in a feature piece with interviews by Rob Roblin who spoke with Greg Zimmerman of team Rite Aid, Jim Miller of team Frito Lay, Al Neville of team Arena Starz and Executive Director Joyce Duffy.
Scott Elliott of Peoples Bank was the Home Runs event Committee Chairman and Brian Walker, Chad Tate, Brent Slutzky, Brian Smith, Steve Zinner and Elaine Bleyer were committee members.
Harford Mutual was the “event sponsor” and Peoples Bank, Plumbers & Steam Fitters UA Local 486, Point Breeze Credit Union, Harford Bank, Facial Plastic Surgicenter, LTD, Aberdeen Family Chiropractic, Silver & Sassy and the Silver Buckle, the Aberdeen Iron Birds and Slavie Federal Savings Bank supported the event through sponsorships
Harford Family House is a transitional shelter for homeless families with children. They provide housing, case management and support services to offer a hand up, not a hand out to homeless families in Harford County. Last year HFH had an 80% success rate in transitioning families from homelessness and hopelessness to self-sufficiency and permanent stable housing.