Saturday, April 8, 2017

Safe Haven seeks Guns-N-Hoses sponsors

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and there will be a lot of fly balls and fun July 11 when Safe Haven holds its seventh annual Guns-N-Hoses charity softball game at the newly renovated historic Calfee Park.

Ellen Mitchell, executive director of Safe Haven Child Visitation Centers of the New River Valley, is seeking sponsors for the event, which is Safe Haven’s only fundraiser of the year. The game is a major funding source for the 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 child visitation centers Seattle, without the parents having contact with one another. This alleviates stress and trauma for the child.

The organization is strictly dependent upon donations and grants to operate.

The past six Guns-N-Hoses games “have given the community an opportunity to enjoy an evening of wholesome family fun while supporting a much-needed service to our community,” Mitchell said.

Since the game is Safe Haven’s only fundraiser, she noted sponsorship are important to ensure the agency can continue to provide the same level of service it has in the past. To become a sponsor or obtain additional information, contact Mitchell at 540-808-0096 or

Agencies competing in this year’s softball game will be Pulaski and Dublin police departments, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, REMSI (Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc.) and members of all seven county fire departments. WDBJ7 in Roanoke, which partners with Safe Haven to offer the annual event, also will have news and weather personalities on hand to play and greet the crowd.

Door prizes donated by area businesses will be given away during the game, and concessions will be available through new Calfee Park owner, Shelor Motor Mile.

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