76 batters competed for the chance to knock one out of the ballpark at Ripken Stadium, all to benefit Harford County’s homeless.
[Bel Air, MD] August 26, 2014—On Wednesday, July 30, Harford Family House hosted its 6th Annual Harford Mutual Home Runs for the Homeless fundraiser at Ripken Stadium and raised more than $18,000 to support homeless families in Harford County.
76 batters made the most of the beautiful weather to participate in the home run derby, getting 15 swings each at home plate to try and hit a home run. But the $250 per person entry fee afforded participants much more: a full day at the ballpark with the opportunity to change in the locker room, take batting practice in the batting cage, sit in the dugout, see their head shots on the giant scoreboard and hear play-by-play commentary as they stepped up to bat.
Mayor Michael Bennett threw the opening pitch and provided the opening remarks at the post-derby award ceremony held in the club level of Ripken Stadium.
The overall champion of the home run derby was the Maryland Mutual Mortgage team, bringing in a combined yardage of 2,305. Joe Harbach, baseball coach at Stevenson University, was a member of the Maryland Mutual team, and won The Silver Slugger Award with an astounding eight home runs that earned a total of 1,025 points. Other awards included:
- The Best Corporate Team Award,reserved for teams comprised of players that currently work for the sponsoring company, went to Burris Logistics with a team total of 1,265 points.
- The Officer’s Cup goes to the team of law enforcement professionals who log the most points, and for the second year in a row the win went to the Harford County Sherriff’s Union, despite tough competition from the Bel Air and Aberdeen Police Departments.
- The female slugger with the most points was Donna Stein of Harford Mutual Insurance, earning 135 points and the Georgia Peach Award.
While the players were batting, several good-natured civil servants participated in the dunking booth for a good cause, including Councilman Dion Guthrie and Delegate Glen Glass. WAMD’s Tracy Hart also took a turn in the dunking booth.
“What a great day at the ballpark!” says Harford Family House Executive Director Joyce Duffy. “I’d like to thank Harford Mutual and all of our sponsors and participants for making this year’s event fun and enjoyable for all. With your help we were able to raise enough to provide many nights of shelter.”
AboutHarford Family House
Harford Family House is the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County. Other programs include Emergency Shelter for families and HUD Supportive Housing for homeless families where one of the adults has a disability. Clients are provided with a fully furnished apartment or house and receive case management services and referrals to partner agencies to move them from homelessness and hopelessness to hope and independence.