Homers for Hope returns to the diamond for a fourth year of helping local families in need. Watch the High School and Mens’ divisions compete on Saturday June 9, from 11am-3pm and then watch Homers for Hope supporters battle a team from WIP SportsRadio in a softball game from 3:30pm-5:00pm.
On May 12, 2012 (3:00pm) at Glassboro Sports Complex and on May 19, 2012 (11:00am) at Northeast High School, area high schoolers and adults will compete for the opportunity to participate in the Homers for Hope finals, to be held June 9, 2012 (11:00am), at Campbell’s Field, home of the Camden Riversharks.
Entry fee is $75 per participant, which can be self-paid, or raised with the help of others.
There are 3 ways to get to the finals and swing for the fences at Campbell’s Field:
1. Finish among the top 3 home run hitters at either preliminary.
2. Raise at least $150 for Homers for Hope, and be among the top 3 fundraisers at either preliminary.
3. Raise at least $500 for Homers for Hope – even after the preliminaries are completed.
Also new this year, the participants in the finals will have the chance to win a prize for themselves. The winner of each division (high school and adult), will have the opportunity to win up to $2000 (courtesy of Homers for Hope’s title sponsor, Rutter Roofing), by hitting a ball into a target painted in center field – and if they win money for themselves, they’ll win even more money for Homers for Hope – so everyone will be pulling for them!
Winners also receive a photo opportunity with Phillies P.A. announcer Dan Baker and his 2008 World Championship ring. Dan will be announcing the participants as they step to the plate on June 9.
Hear more from Dan Baker about Homers for Hope
Top fundraisers will win the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Riversharks game on June 30.
Homers for Hope provides a monthly income to families who have suffered a tragedy or severe hardship. The organization’s goal is to provide financial assistance while the families cope with a traumatic life event.
Homers for Hope is the brainchild of John Durso, a player from independent adult baseball leagues who is also a relationship manager at Beneficial Bank in Ardmore, Montgomery County. In 2008, Durso lost a baseball buddy, Rip Roscioli (pictured on the right in the cover photo), in a tragic accident. Roscioli was only 30 at the time, and he left a wife and autistic son with financial needs. Durso and other baseball friends formed a local home run derby in 2009 to donate the proceeds to the Roscioli family.
The home run derby was such a success that Durso, a visionary and passionate community leader and servant who saw similar needs in other area families, decided to expand the contest – now in its fourth year – to include high school students and adult volunteers.
Last year, five families were chosen, all with significant medical issues creating financial hardship, and Homers for Hope presented $13,000 of assistance to those families.
Hear from Tom Conlan, a 2011 recipient, about what Homers for Hope means to him and his family
Hear from John Durso about Homers for Hope and the families being helped.
Homers for Hope’s lead sponsor for 2012 is Rutter Roofing. There is still time to become a sponsor.