Members of Congress, Hill staffers and their families, and over 70 corporate sponsors took the field at Nationals Park last Wednesday night as part of the fourteenth annual “Home Runs for Horton’s Kids” event.
This event supports some 600 children and families from Washington, D.C.’s Wellington Park and Stanton Oaks neighborhoods in Ward 8, and is crucial to Horton’s Kids’ mission to empower children and families by providing comprehensive programs and services to improve academic outcomes, develop important character traits, and give access to healthy meals.
“The children and families of Ward 8 have big dreams and the potential to achieve them, but they’re facing tough obstacles,” said Erica Ahdoot, Executive Director of Horton’s Kids, an award-winning D.C. nonprofit, that was founded in Ward 8 over 30 years ago.
“Our objective at Horton’s Kids is to identify the challenges children and their families are facing in Southeast D.C. and then do everything we can to level the playing field so that they have every opportunity to succeed.”
Attendees at the 2022 Home Runs for Horton’s Kids enjoyed a family-friendly evening of exclusive access to Nationals Park where they could pitch in the bullpen, test their batting skills in the Nationals’ batting cages, hang out with Nationals’ mascot Screech, race President Teddy around the bases, and more.
The event was chaired by bipartisan congressional co-chairs Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Senator Chris Murphy, and Reps. Kevin Brady, Cheri Bustos and Cathy McMorris Rogers alongside corporate co-chairs Koki Adasi (Executive Vice President, Team Koki, Compass), Giuseppe Carfangno (Regional Vice President, Enterprise Holdings Institute), Adam Gluck (Head, U.S. and Specialty Care Corporate Affairs, Sanofi), and Omar Vargas (Vice President, Head of Global Public Policy, General Motors).
*Lead image courtesy Horton’s Kids