Guns-N-Hoses facing cancellation

Guns-N-Hoses logo 2014By MELINDA WILLIAMS


Unless “substantial” sponsorships are received by Friday, the Safe Haven Guns-N-Hoses Charity Softball Game slated for Saturday, July 12, faces cancellation for the first time in its six-year history.

Ellen Mitchell, executive director of Safe Haven Child Visitation Centers of the New River Valley, said she will have no choice but to cancel the event — Safe Haven’s major source of income — if significant funding in the form of sponsorships isn’t received by the end of the week.

There are three levels of tax-deductible sponsorship available:

•Grand Slam ($500), which includes all major advertising (newspaper, flyers and television) and box seating (while available);

•Home Run ($250), which includes print advertising, box seating (while available) and 10 general admission tickets, and

•Line Drive ($100), which includes 10 general admission tickets.

A nonprofit, all-volunteer agency, Safe Haven provides traumatized, and often abused and neglected, children with a safe place to visit with estranged parents during court ordered supervised visitation. It is strictly dependant upon donations and grants to operate.

Since the game is Safe Haven’s only fundraiser of the year, Mitchell said sponsorships are important to ensure the agency can continue to provide the same level of service it has in past years.

The softball game pits area law enforcement and REMSI medics against firefighters. As in prior years, WDBJ7 in Roanoke is partnering with Safe Haven on the fundraiser, so this year’s “honorary” coaches will once again be evening anchor Chris Hurst for the Guns and reporter David Kaplan for the Hoses.

If the game is held, it will begin at 7 p.m. at Calfee Park in Pulaski. Gates open at 5 to provide the crowd with other entertainment.

To become a sponsor or obtain additional information, contact Mitchell at 540-808-0096 or



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