Batter up! That phrase will be heard a lot on May 13th at Safeco Field as United Way of King County hosts the 5th annual All-Star Softball Classic to raise money for homeless youth.
The All-Star Softball Classic allows thousands of fans each year to see some of their favorite Seattle-based celebrities play ball at Safeco Field. Players this year include Macklemore, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, couples from the ABC show The Bachelor, Seattle Seahawks Bobby Wagner, Jon Ryan, and CJ Prosise plus many others.
Every year in King County, some 5-thousand young people don’t have a safe place to call home. These kids have the same hopes and dreams for the future like everyone else. The difference is they don’t have the kind of support and resources that so many of us have. That’s why United Way of King County invests in organizations and programs that support homeless youth.
Over the last four years, United Way of King County has raised more than 4 million dollars to support young people who are homeless, prevented more than 400 youth from becoming homeless, and provided more than 17,000 nights of shelter for young people in King County who don’t have stable housing.
United Way credits the success of the All-Star Softball Classic to strong partnerships and generous sponsorships from the Seattle Mariners, the Raikes Foundation, the Brettler Family Foundation and Microsoft.
United Way of King County is building a community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable.