Approximately 1,400 children are in foster care in Palm Beach County, many coming from homes where they were abused and neglected.
In recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, and in support of the life-changing efforts of Friends of Foster Children, the seventh annual Jim Sackett Invitational Softball Tournament will be held in Wellington on Saturday, April 28, once again dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse.
Sackett, a retired anchor with WPTV and board member of the organization for eight 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-plus years.
“Jim has been a true community leader, not only during his television career, but because of his hands-on support of foster children,” Friends of Foster Children President Laurie J. Briggs said. “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 seventh annual Jim Sackett Invitational Softball Tournament will take place at Village Park on Pierson Road beginning at 8 a.m. on April 28. The entire community is invited for a great amateur competition featuring South Florida’s finest softball teams. This family-friendly day hosts non-stop games to cheer for, a real ball park lunch, raffles and auction items all benefiting 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 the 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 sponsorships are still available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (561) 352-2547.
Friends of Foster Children is a nonprofit organization serving children in Palm Beach County who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Proceeds support FFC programs and services including youth enrichment activities, emergency bags for children recently removed from their homes, car seats, cribs and beds, summer camps, school trips, advocacy services and more.