On Tuesday, July 28, Harford Family House hosted the seventh annual Harford Mutual Insurance Company Home Runs for the Homeless fundraiser at Ripken Stadium. The event raised money to support homeless families in Harford County.
Eighty-four batters representing 21 different teams stepped up to the plate in the event, getting 15 swings each to try and hit a home run.
Aberdeen 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. Other local celebrities that attended include Miss Harford County, Allison Redman, and Miss Bel Air, Shanice Lewis.
The overall champion of the home run derby was the Maryland Mutual Mortgage Company team, hitting 12 home runs to earn 2,355 points.
Harford Family House Executive Director Joyce Duffy says, “We are so very grateful for all who came to spend the day with us, and also very impressed by the athletic ability of the participants! I hope each team member enjoyed the opportunity to step up to the plate and score, but the big winners re really the homeless families of Harford County who will be helped by the event. It costs just $25 a day to provide temporary shelter for a homeless family, so the funds raised at Homeruns for the Homeless mean 960 nights of housing are now possible.”
Duffy adds, “I’d also like to thank our presenting sponsor, Harford Mutual Insurance Company, as well as our other sponsors for making this year’s event possible.”