Approximately 1400 children are in foster care in Palm Beach County, many coming from homes where they were abused and neglected. In recognition of the month of April being designated Child Abuse Prevention Month and in support of the life-changing efforts of Friends of Foster Children, the 7th Annual Jim Sackett Invitational Softball Tournament is once again dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse.
Jim, a retired anchor with WPTV and Board member of the organization for over 10 years, was known to viewers as WPTV’s serious journalistic voice, and a champion for children as he helped find homes for hundreds of adoptable children through his Thursday’s Child segment for 30+ years.
“Jim has been a true community leader, not only during his television career but because of his hands-on support of foster children,” said Friends of Foster Children Board President Laurie J. Briggs. “We are truly grateful for his dedication to the 1,400 children in Palm Beach County who are in foster, relative and shelter care. We look forward to hosting this tournament each year, bringing the families and the community together.”
The 7th Annual Jim Sackett Invitational Softball Tournament will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Pierson Park in Wellington, FL beginning at 8:00 am. The entire community is invited for a great amateur competition featuring South Florida’s finest 50 year+ softball teams. This family-friendly day hosts non-stop games to cheer for, a real ballpark lunch, raffles and auction items all benefitting the programs and services provided by Friends of Foster Children for children in need in our community.
“One of the highlights of this event is the Pinwheels. All over the venue, there are Child Abuse Prevention pinwheels, one for each child in care. It’s humbling to see over 1,400 pinwheels and a good reminder that these children need our help,” said Maria Bond Executive Director of Friends of Foster Children. “Even if you cannot attend this amazing event we ask that you please consider donating in honor of a child.”
Sponsors to date include Children’s Services Council; Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley P.A.; WPTV; Alpha Media; Knights of Columbus Council 8419 and Clara’s Secret Shepherds Foundation. Event sponsorship are still available by emailing [email protected] or calling 561-352-2547.