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Kids are big winners in Guns-N-Hoses game

Safe Haven trophy presentationBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

The Guns once again beat the Hoses in Safe Haven’s Guns-N-Hoses Charity Softball Game, but it’s the children in need of supervised visitation that are the biggest winners.

“We’re grateful for all of the support,” Safe Haven Director Ellen Mitchell said of the $14,360 the agency cleared after game expenses. “This will help a lot of kids and it’ll keep our doors open a little longer.”

She added, “It’s the biggest year we’ve ever had” in terms of funds raised. An estimated 2,000 people came out to the sixth annual game, held at Historic Calfee Park.

“A few weeks ago, we didn’t think we would even be able to” hold the game, said Mitchell, referring to the fact the game was almost cancelled due to a lack of enough sponsorship. However, thanks to the sponsors that stepped up to save the fundraiser and the supporters who came out to the game, she said, “It was our biggest year yet.”

Even the 50-50-ticket drawing proved to be bigger than prior years. A total of $900 was raised through ticket sales, meaning the lucky winning ticket holder got to take home $450.

Safe Haven Child Visitation Centers of the New River Valley is a nonprofit, all-volunteer agency that provides traumatized, abused and/or neglected children with a safe place to visit with estranged parents during court ordered supervised visitations.

Guns-N-Hoses serves as a major source of income and is Safe Haven’s only fundraiser of the year.

The Guns are made up of area law enforcement personnel and REMSI medics, while the Hoses are made up of firefighters from all seven county fire departments.

The 2013 matchup had the Guns defeating the Hoses by a wide margin until a last minute rally ended in a 27-22 Guns victory. This year, the game was close throughout the nine innings, but the Guns ultimately surpassed the Hoses, 16-13.

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