Rays Home Run Club for Foster Children to be Rededicated

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Rays Baseball Foundation, along with Eckerd and the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, will host a Rededication Ceremony for the Home Run Club suite at Tropicana Field on June 19, 2014.

The Rays, Eckerd and the Heart Gallery are in the fifth year of their partnership to provide the Home Run Club to foster children in Tampa Bay. The Home Run Club, formerly the Big Game James Club, is a specially designed, kid-friendly suite donated by the Rays for use by foster children and their families throughout the baseball season. The goal of the Home Run Club is to provide children in foster care, in need of a sense of belonging and stability, a memorable experience. The suite is also used to host special adoption match events in which children available and ready for adoption spend time with families trained, prepared and ready for adoption. This season, the Rays doubled the size of the suite, allowing nearly 100 children to participate in Club activities. 

To promote foster parent recruitment, the Department of Children and Families along with Eckerd created a 30-second public service announcement, which will debut at the rededication ceremony. The PSA is available to the media for distribution by visiting eckerd.org/be-a-champion-for-child-in-foster-care.

WHAT: Home Run Club Rededication Ceremony
WHEN: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
WHO: Leadership from the Rays, Eckerd, the Heart Gallery and a foster family participating in the Home Run Club

About Eckerd Community Alternatives

Eckerd Community Alternatives is the lead agency for community-based child welfare and foster care services in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, serving nearly 6,000 children and their families each day. It is a program of Eckerd, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, that has given much-needed second chances to over 150,000 children and families since 1968. To learn more visit EckerdCBC.org.

About the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco

The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco provides an emotionally safe way to promote local adoption through a moving exhibit and website of professional portraits and stories of local children ready for forever families.