Home Runs help fund Local Shelter’s Summer Program for Kids Hospital donates $550 to Fair Haven via WCHS Varsity Baseball

What brings together a high school baseball team, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse and a small, rural hospital? A good cause. “Home Run Funds,” to be exact. Before the first crack of the bat was heard for the 2018 Wayne County High School Yellow Jackets this season, Wayne Memorial Hospital committed to give Fair Haven Shelter $50 for every home run the Jackets hit. After the season concluded, with 11 home runs, the grand total going to Fair Haven tallied $550. Yesterday, all parties met up at the Fair Haven Market to make the gift official.

Janet Keith, Executive Assistant to the hospital CEO and CFO, said, “It is an honor and privilege to be a Fair Haven Board Member and to be employed by Wayne Memorial Hospital – a place that not only serves the residents of Wayne County, but gives back to the community on many different levels. At the beginning of the WCHS baseball season, Wayne Memorial again committed to giving $50 for every home run produced by the Varsity baseball team in order to support Fair Haven in a creative and unique way. We, at the hospital, are thankful to have a facility in Wayne County as a safe haven for victims of domestic violence as they seek help and change from a negative environment to a positive one for themselves and their children.”

Julia Burch, Executive Director of Fair Haven, added, “The shelter is very excited to dedicate this $550 to use this summer for our Children’s Program, which helps little ones heal and recover from witnessing violence in the home. The program defuses trauma not only through age-appropriate activities to address their emotional needs but also through play, art and creative movement. Thank you to Wayne Memorial Hospital and our talented baseball team and coaches as we all work together to strengthen our future players!”

Wayne County High School’s Baseball Coach Justin McDonald said, “It is very important to be able, as a baseball program, to give back to the community. This community has shown so much support for our program and players over the past years and it is our obligation to serve when we have the opportunity to do so. We want to thank Joe Ierardi and Wayne Memorial Hospital, along with everyone involved, in continuing this project and allowing us to play a role in it. I also have to thank the players for putting good swings on the baseball this season. We, as a program, are looking forward to continuing this project for many years.”

Fair Haven is a 12-bed facility that focuses on giving victims of domestic violence a safe place to heal while providing the resources to begin a new life. If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, call Fair Haven at 912-588-9999. If you would like to give of your time, talents or resources, you may also contact Fair Haven at fairhavenjesup.org. The Fair Haven Market, located at 488 Southwest Broad Street in downtown Jesup, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.