J.R. Richard, former Major League Baseball All-Star Pitcher, Motivational Speaker, and Advocate for the Homeless -- will be the keynote speaker for Safe Harbour's Night Without A Tux Gala on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Carlisle Country Club, beginning at 6 p.m
|February 20, 2016 – Night Without A Tux Gala|
A flame-throwing star with the Houston Astros, J. R. Richard was at the top of his profession when he inexplicably began complaining of arm weakness in 1980. Initially scoffed at because he continued approaching 100 mph on the radar gun, everything changed when Richard collapsed while playing catch with a teammate-later diagnosed as a life-threatening stroke. The shocking development ended Richard's major league career and set off a chain of events that led to the former All-Star being homeless by the mid-1990s. Richard losthundreds of thousands of dollars in bad business investments, was divorced twice, lost his home, and in the winter of 1994, was found living under a Houston freeway underpass.
Then, J.R. Richard met Reverend Floyd Lewis of the New Testament Church of South Houston. With Lewis's help, guidance, and understanding, as well as a deeply rooted faith in God, Richard overcame homelessness and despair. In time, Richard himself became a minister in the church. He and Lewis now spend countless hours helping the homeless and mentoring the area's youth that need a guiding hand. Richard is also involved in raising funds to help establishyouth baseball leagues around the city of Houston. He firmly believes if kidsare playing baseball, they won't be joining gangs.
After all Richard has been through, he does not dwell on thebad things that have befallen him. "That's hindsight, and that doesn't do any good to sit here and dwell on what could (have) been," Richard says. "It's part of my past, and I'm trying to go further in life. I try to leave that alone and look at what's in front of me." This philosophy isthe foundation of his message when he serves as a motivational speaker around the country.
Richard's rapid rise and sudden, tragic fall define the unusual, moving, and inspirational life of a Houston icon who has endured many hardships but has become an admired figure in his adopted hometown. J. R.Richard tells that story in his recently published book "Still Throwing Heat: Strikeouts, the Streets, and a Second Chance." In the book and in his own words, Richard writes about the highs and the lows of his brilliant athletic career, the difficulties that befell him on and off the field, abandonment by those he counted on after his stroke, the despair of losing everything, and his ultimate redemption and giving back to the community.
Richard will speak about his life, his challenges, his redemption, and the important role of shelters and organizations such as Safe Harbour in providing a foundation for homeless individuals and families to succeed.
Join us for the 5th Annual Safe Harbour Skeet Shoot -- June 10, 2016, at the Carlisle Fish & Game Association.
|June 10, 2016 – 5th Annual Safe Harbour Skeet Shoot, Presented by F&M Trust REGISTER|
Safe Harbour is holding its 5th Annual Skeet Shoot to raise funds in support of our mission to provide housing and supportive services for homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families to help them achieve independent living by increasing their basic life skills.
The event is set for Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Carlisle Fish & Game Association. Teams of five will compete for prizes and bragging rights in support of Safe Harbour's mission and programs. Prizes awarded for individuals and teams.
To join in the fun you will need a shotgun capable of shooting two rounds, as well as your own #8 or #9 ammunition. The shotgun can be a double-barrel, semi-automatic or even a pump. Shooters also are required to have ear and eye protection while on the shooting range. For your eyes, you may use shooting glasses or safety glasses. If you currently wear prescription glasses, those will be sufficient. For your ears, headphones or foam earplugs are acceptable. We will have some earplugs available for purchase that day at a cost of 75 cents.
Skeet competitors will shoot in squads of five, and one shotgun may be shared between several shooters. If you don't have a complete team when you register, Safe Harbour will match participants with a team. No prior experience is required to participate. Carlisle Fish & Game provides experienced skeet shooters to oversee the outing and they can assist new shooters.
Your registration fee includes lunch and a round of skeet. The trap targets and 5-person wobble trap will be available for an additional fee of $10 per person/per round. Safe Harbour also will be offering a 50/50 & prize raffle featuring shooting related items. So come prepared to join in and have a chance to win some interesting prizes!
Please join us and support Safe Harbour while enjoying a fun day of skeet shooting and fellowship.
The registration cost for the 5th Annual Safe Harbour Skeet Shoot is $25 per shooter. Registration will be accepted at the event, though we cannot guarantee a position on a specific team. Payment for registration can be made by credit card online through PayPal or by calling the Safe Harbour office. You may pay your registration by check via mail to Safe Harbour at 102 W. High St., Carlisle, PA 17013, or your may deliver a check to our James Wilson Facility.
Join us for the 19th Shomaker Classic Golf Tournament on Jul 13 at the Carlisle Country Club.
|July 13, 2016 – 19th Shomaker Classic REGISTER|
The 19th Shomaker Classic will be held July 13th this year to benefit Safe Harbour. The event will take place at the Carlisle Country Club.
The Shomaker Classic is held in memory of Monte Shomaker, an avid golfer and community member dedicated to serving the Carlisle area. Monte Shomaker was director of development, president of Life Care Ventures, and corporate vice presidents of Human Resources for Carlisle Hospital and Health Services. He also served in numerous community organizations including the Greater Carlisle United Way, the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Salvation Army, the Carlisle Area School Board, the Harrisburg Symphony Association, and Leadership Carlisle.
The event begins with registration and a box lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The tournament format is best-ball scramble. We will have first-place awards for different flights. There also will be skills competitions of longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin, and a putting contest. Water, soda and iced tea will be available on the course and will be complimentary. Other refreshments will be available for purchase.
As players finish, we will have a brief reception that will transition into a buffet dinner. At dinner, we will award flight prizes and skills competition prizes. We also will have a 50/50 and prize raffle and a silent auction.
This year one can register as an individual for $110 or a foursome for $400. Please join us on this enjoyable summer day.