Mission 500 to Host Charity Softball Game; Funds Support Needy Children in U.S.

Security industry professionals are encouraged to sign up for the fundraiser event to be held Sept. 12 in New Jersey.

MIAMI – Mission 500 is adding a new event to its growing list of activities that help provide aid for children in need. The first-ever Security Industry Softball Game will be held on Sept. 12 from noon to 3 p.m. at Overpeck County Park, located in Bergen County, New Jersey.

“The softball game is a new and fun way for the security industry to come together and raise money for needy children in the U.S.,” says George Fletcher, advisory council member/volunteer for Mission 500. “We’ve already raised more than $72,000 from corporations and individuals in this very generous industry toward our goal of $100,000, and we hope this new event will put us over the top.”

Sponsorships are available at the bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels. Platinum level sponsors each have the opportunity to put two players on the field while silver and gold sponsors are each allowed one. Player numbers will be capped at 30, with 15 players on each team. Companies can support and sponsor the event in various ways (fundraising for uniform logos, BBQ, RBIs, inning sponsors, etc.). The amount of money raised by each of the sponsors will determine the order for team selection. The sponsor that raises the highest amount by Sept. 1 will have the first pick from the line-up.

Proceeds generated by the event will be contributed to Mission 500’s #ShowOrange campaign, which was created to generate awareness and funding to help alleviate child poverty in the U.S. Should the organization meet its fundraising goal, Fletcher says he will dye his hair orange in support of the social media-based campaign.

During the softball game, Mission 500 will also be hosting its School Kit Build campaign. The goal is to assemble 200 kits that will be donated to Title 1 Schools in the South Bronx.

“This is a family fun event and all are welcome,” Fletcher says. “There will be activities for children and food and drink are free. We even have free baseball caps for the first 150 people.”

In addition to participating in and raising money for this and other Mission 500 events, security industry professionals can support Mission 500 in a variety of ways, including volunteering to help with the Security 5K/2K, held during ISC West, or making financial donations. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made with major credit cards and American Express loyalty points. 

Now in its 8th year, Mission 500 has worked to focus security industry efforts to aid children through World Vision. World Vision, Mission 500’s parent entity, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, families and their communities worldwide by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision and Mission 500 work in partnership in the U.S and around the world.

The Security Industry Softball Game is a collaboration among sponsors and World Vision and Mission 500. Among the event sponsors: ADI, Altronix, Amid Strategies, Aronson Security Group, Axis Communications, Campus Safety Magazine, DOT Generation, DMP, FST Biometrics, HikVision, Kratos, LRG Marketing, March Networks, Milestone, Monitronics, OnSSI, Pelco, Reed Exhibitions, Samsung, Security Sales & Integration Magazine, Security Industry Association, Speco Technologies, StarLink, Synnex Corp., Tri-Ed, Total Recall, VCI, Veracity, Visual Communications, Viakoo and Wynit.

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