By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Area law enforcement and emergency services personnel will take to the softball diamond again next weekend to help raise money for Safe Haven Child Visitation Centers of the New River Valley.
Calfee Park gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20, for the 5th Annual Guns-N-Hoses Charity Softball game. Public safety and emergency vehicle displays, entertainment for the children, K-9 demonstrations and more will precede the game, which begins promptly at 7.
The game pits REMSI medics and law enforcement personnel against area firefighters. WDBJ7 in Roanoke, which is again partnering with Safe Haven on the fundraiser, provides each team’s “honorary” coaches: evening Chris Hurst for the Guns and reporter David Kaplan for the Hoses.
Pulaski Baseball Inc. will provide concessions and door prizes donated by local businesses will be given away.
Agencies participating in this year’s event include Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Pulaski Police Department, Dublin Police Department, Virginia State Police, REMSI, and all area fire departments.
All proceeds benefit Safe Haven, which provides traumatized, and often abused and neglected, children with a safe place to visit with estranged parents during court ordered supervised visitation. A nonprofit organization, Safe Haven depends solely on businesses, civic organizations, churches, individuals, and grant funding to operate. It is also a strictly volunteer organization.
The Guns-N-Hoses ballgame is a major source of income for the Center and is its only fundraiser of the year.
“Please come out and support your favorite team of first responders while supporting Safe Haven; and enjoy an evening of wholesome family fun,” said Safe Haven Executive Director Ellen Mitchell.