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Home runs help homeless at Harford Family House

Harford Family House presents its 4th Annual Harford Mutual Home Runs for the Homeless event Aug. 6 at Ripken Stadium.

Teams of four can have a "real baseball experience," changing in the team locker room, taking batting practice in the batting cage and sitting in the dugout. Each player will bat from home plate in Ripken Stadium, with 15 pitches to try to hit a home run. The player's names will be announced as they bat, with play-by-play commentary as their photo appears on the giant scoreboard. Last year's champion Frito Lay will be defending its title and the right to house the coveted event trophy for another year. Mayor Michael Bennett of Aberdeen, honorary chairman of HFH's capital campaign will throw out the first pitch.

The team with the overall longest yardage will "win" the event and be presented with a trophy that will reside with them for one year. An awards celebration, free to batters, will be held after the event, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the upper deck at Ripken Stadium. Other guests may attend the awards ceremony at a cost of $35 each.

New this year, Jones Junction has sponsored a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4x4, valued at more than $37,000, which a player can win by hitting a specific target placed in the stadium. Saxon's Jewelers has donated a Citizen's sports watch which will be raffled off at the awards ceremony.

Harford Family House is celebrating its 23rd year of service to homeless families with children. Last year, HFH had an 81percent success rate in transitioning families from homelessness to self-sufficiency. HFH's programs provide safe, decent housing and the support services necessary to move families from homelessness and hopelessness to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. And, HFH is the only shelter in Harford County that can serve an in-tact family consisting of a father, mother and children, keeping them together in their time of crisis.

Teams can register, no later than Aug. 3, at HFH's web site by filling out the online form under "donate now," or by contacting Joyce Duffy, 410-273-6700 or jduffy@harfordfamilyhouse.org to receive a registration form by email.

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