On Thursday, July 15, 2021 Harford Family House held its 13th Annual Home Runs for the Homeless event sponsored by Harford Mutual Insurance Group. This year’s event was the largest ever with 34 teams! Everyone was excited to participate in this outdoor event as restrictions have eased and larger gatherings are becoming possible once again. “This past year has been a difficult one for fund raising events,” says Harford Family House CEO, Robin Tomechko. “We were thrilled to see so many of our long time supporters as well as a few new faces coming out to support those in our community who are experiencing homelessness, as we kicked off our new fiscal year with this ever popular and highly successful event!”
There were many highlights during the day. Maryland Mutual Mortgage returned to the top of the pack with a score of 2,095 points. For the second year in a row, Harkins Builders captured the Corporate Award with 1,415 points. This award is given to the team where all 4 players work at the same company. The Aberdeen Police Department took home the Officer’s Cup once again with 1,735 points and their star for the day, Will Reiber, won The Mark Logsdon Award with 575 points including a home run and 3 blasts off the wall! The Georgia Peach award, given to the female batter with the highest point total, was given to newcomer, Lena Wondolowki from the co-ed team from Harford Community College. She took home the award with 285 points.
The Golden Arm Award was won by Adam Pattisall of the IncrediTek Team, with 21 points. In this competition, one fires as many balls as possible at a target to see how many points can be accumulated in 20 seconds. This was Adam’s first time at the event and the first time IncrediTek fielded a team, although they have supported Harford Family House for many years.
For the third year in a row, teams were able to raise additional funds for Harford Family House virtually. This year, teams were able to add their batting points to their fundraising points in order to compete for the Virtual Cup Award. This year’s winner was Scott Elliott of Harford Bank with a total of 13,175 points.
The final award is given to the individual with the highest overall point total in the event. This year,the Silver Slugger Award went to Zach Nadolny of the Maryland Mutual Team with 600 points including 2 home runs and 3 hits to the warning track.
Harford Family House thanks the sponsors, teams, volunteers, including a large group from Volunteen, and the event committee as well as the Ripken Baseball staff for another successful event. Thanks also to Frank Kellner of Harford Mutual Insurance Group and Aberdeen Mayor Patrick McGrady for throwing out the first pitches of the day to get us started, to Pete Gilbert WBAL TV 11 for coming out to support us on his vacation day and for his FaceBook Live Coverage and to Jim Lockard and Rebecca Sube for capturing the day in photographs. A very special thanks to the event’s Presenting Sponsor, Harford Mutual Insurance Group and the Grand Slam Sponsor, the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
All funds raised through this event are used to assist families with children and unaccompanied young adults, ages 18 to 24 achieve independence through housing, support and resources dedicated to improving the financial stability and mental well being of those in our community who are experiencing homelessness. Says event co-Founder and current Board Member, Scott Elliott, “Personally, I never want to see someone experience homelessness in my county. Fortunately, there are many others who agree and are able to make an impact on the future of homelessness through this event. We are grateful for everyone who participated in the event and look forward to seeing everyone again next year!”
For more information about Harford Family House, their events or to get involved with Home Runs for the Homeless, call 410-273-6700 or visit www.harfordfamilyhouse.org
About Harford Family House (http://www.harfordfamilyhouse.org/)
Harford Family House, Inc. assists families with children and unaccompanied young adults achieve independency through housing, support and resources dedicated to improving the financial stability and mental wellbeing of its clients experiencing homelessness. It was established in 1989 and is the largest organization in Harford County providing services to those in Harford County who are experiencing homelessness.www.harfordfamilyhouse.org.