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Poway to Face San Diego in Charity Softball Game to 'Strike Out Domestic Violence'

The event is hosted by the Operation for HOPE Foundation and will feature city officials and celebrity baseball players.

Update 2 p.m. Friday: Organizers are asking attendees to bring chairs and umbrellas, in case it rains and the grandstands are wet.

Operation for HOPE Foundation is hosting its third annual charity softball game Saturday to raise money for the battle against domestic violence.

The game features of cast of celebrity baseball players, including former Padres pitcher Randy Jones, and pits Team Poway against Team San Diego. The mayors of both cities are scheduled to appear.

“Operation For HOPE Foundation, and its annual fundraiser to Strike Out Domestic Violence, is a very worthwhile cause," Poway Mayor Don Higginson said in a statement. "I’m looking forward to participating again this year, and I hope to see a lot of support from our community.”

Here's how you can help:

  • When is the game? 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Where? Field of Dreams (a private baseball field), 18880 Old Coach Way in the Heritage Estates in Poway. Parking is available at 16925 Old Coach Rd., Poway.
  • How much? $20. Tickets are available at operationforhope.org. The day also includes a Kids Gear For Baseball Collection Drive.
  • Who is scheduled to be there? Entertainer Elevé, Miss Poway Pilar Altman, Miss Teen Poway Natalie Smith, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and current/former baseball players: Norm Sherry, Merv Rettenmund, Dave Roberts, Mark Sweeney.

About Operation for HOPE:

The fundraiser is being held to benefit the program of the Operation for HOPE Foundation—HOPE Fund—providing micro-emergency loans that remove economic barriers for domestic violence victims and their children. The Fund supports partners at the San Diego Family Justice Center, Center for Community Solutions, YWCA Becky’s House, North County Family Violence Prevention Center and other agencies who serve victims of family violence.

Editor's Note: Patch is a sponsor of this event.

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