Safe Haven gearing up for 5th Guns-N-Hoses

Safe Haven Guns N Hoses 2012 (Autumn Duncan)-webIt won’t be long before it’s time for area first responders to head back out to the field – the softball field, that is.

Safe Haven Child Visitation Centers of the New River Valley is gearing up for its 5th Annual Safe Haven Guns-N-Hoses Charity Softball game. This year’s game, which pits REMSI medics and law enforcement personnel against area firefighters, will be held Saturday, July 20th, at historic Calfee Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the game begins promptly at 7.

WDBJ7 in Roanoke is again partnering with Safe Haven to provide this evening of family entertainment. Prior to the game, there will be public safety and emergency vehicle displays, entertainment for the children, K-9 demonstrations and lots more. 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 the area fire departments. This year’s “honorary” coaches will be Brent Watts, WDBJ7 meteorologist, and David Kaplan, WDBJ7 reporter.

All proceeds benefit Safe Haven, which provides traumatized, and often abused and neglected, children with a safe place to visit with their estranged parent during court ordered supervised visitation. The game also provides a catalyst for the community to support their local first responders, who so graciously give their time each year to benefit Safe Haven.

Safe Haven, a nonprofit organization, 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. Any individual, church or civic organization interested in sponsoring the game will receive advertising and free tickets to the game, depending upon the level of sponsorship.

For more information about sponsoring the game, contact Safe Haven Executive Director Ellen Mitchell at the Center, 540-808-0096.

Mitchell asks that everyone “Please come out and support your favorite team of first responders while supporting Safe Haven; and enjoy an evening of wholesome family fun.”




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