Derby participants bat against addiction – News – Waynesboro Record Herald – Waynesboro, PA

Drug addiction continues to hit Franklin County as overdoses and drug-related deaths and arrests happen often.

More than 60 people stepped up to the plate Saturday to swing back at the drug epidemic during the second annual Home Run Derby to Fight Drug Addiction at Greene Township Park in Scotland.

“I think any time we have people come out and support the fight against drug addiction, while having some fun, it’s a perfect day,” said Dave Rush, one of the event’s lead organizers.

Rush added that the fundraising tally for Saturday’s event was already at $5,350, but that number should rise after some other final figures come in. Proceeds from the event will go to Healthy Community Partnership of Franklin County, a non-profit organization which provides programs and initiatives to help people regain healthy habits.

Last year, more than $5,500 went to Noah’s House, a recovery home focused on transitioning men back into a healthy lifestyle. Noah’s House, which is located on Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg, opened last October.

Children, teens and adults took their best swings during the event hosted by the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office and VerStandig Broadcasting. Each participant was given 90 seconds in the first round to hit as many home runs as possible.

According to Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal, the impetus for the event was inspired by a generous response from an anonymous Waynesboro resident to an editorial written by The Record Herald. Fogal, the leader of the Franklin County Drug Task Force, said the person wanted to make a donation and that eventually set the wheels in motion to have a home run derby.

Fogal credits Rush, one of his office’s lead detectives who spent most of his career as a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, for making the event happen.

Rush needed little motivation having seen far too many fatalities and families ripped apart from drug addiction during his career in law…

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