By MELINDA WILLIAMS
It may still be over a month away, but sponsorships are still needed for the July 20 Safe Haven Guns-N-Hoses charity softball game.
Safe Haven Executive Director Ellen Mitchell said several area churches have stepped up to provide sponsorships for the game, which is the agency’s only fundraiser of the year and a major source of its income. However, additional sponsors are needed to ensure the organization will be able to provide the same level of service it has in years past.
A non-profit, strictly volunteer organization, Safe Haven provides traumatized, and often abused and neglected, children with a safe place to visit with their estranged parents during court-ordered supervised visitations.
Sponsorships are important because Safe Haven depends on businesses, churches, civic organizations, individuals and grant funding to operate. Mitchell said a $100 sponsorship includes advertising in the game program and on its banners, plus the sponsor receives 10 free tickets to the game. To become a sponsor, contact Mitchell at 540-808-0096.
This is the fifth year for the event. The 7 p.m. game pits REMSI medics and law enforcement personnel against area firefighters. Gates open at 5 p.m. so visitors can enjoy a variety of public safety and emergency vehicle displays, entertainment for the children, K-9 demonstrations and more.
Agencies participating in this year’s game include Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Pulaski Police Department, Dublin Police Department, Virginia State Police, REMSI, and all area fire departments. “Honorary” coaches will be Brent Watts, WDBJ7 meteorologist, and David Kaplan, WDBJ7 reporter.
WDBJ7 is partnering with Safe Haven to provide the evening of family entertainment. Pulaski Baseball Inc. will offer concessions for sale and door prizes donated by local businesses will be given away, as well.