The Baltimore Station’s Annual Fundraiser Raises $150,000, Most in 25 Year-History


Proceeds from Homerun for Recovery support programming for veterans and homelessmen

The Baltimore Station, a residential treatment program supporting veterans and others transitioning from homelessness and addiction to self-sufficiency, celebrated the 25th anniversary of its annual Homerun for Recovery fundraiser by raising more than $150,000, the most raised in the event’s history. On Thursday, April 27, more than 450 people attended the event at PBR Baltimore in Power Plant Live. Presented by Fortego, a cyber security firm based in Columbia, MD, Homerun for Recovery was also sponsored by the Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA), Len the Plumber, Modu Tech and M&T Bank, among others.

“Over the last 25 years, we have watched Homerun for Recovery become a true Baltimore tradition, and one that continues to exceed both our fundraising and attendance goals year after year,” said John Friedel, executive director at The Baltimore Station. “We are so grateful to our partners, staff, volunteers and friends who come together each year and make it possible for our residents to turn their lives around.”

Homerun for Recovery’s fundraising effort is driven by its signature live auction, which for the first time this year, was orchestrated by nationally renowned auctioneer Justin Swisher. Winning bidders went home with packages including tickets to London to see the Ravens play, vacations to France and Mexico, and luxury box accommodations and game-day privileges at Camden Yards, to name a few. Silent auction baskets included brewery and wine tours, gift certificates from many of the city’s finest restaurants and hotels, and collectors’ items ranging from hand-designed guitars to autographed sports memorabilia.

Food and entertainment was provided by some of Baltimore’s most well-known establishments. Menu highlights included Pizza di Joey’s pies, a Ryleigh’s Oyster raw bar, Matsuri sushi trays, and a gourmet BBQ buffet from PBR Baltimore. One of the biggest attractions of the evening was painter Joe Everson who performed his now-famous act of painting the “Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima” World War II memorial site while singing the National Anthem. Another showstopper came when special-guest, The Oriole Bird, rode the mechanical bull.

All contributions brought in by the 2017 Homerun for Recovery event will directly support the veterans and homeless men enrolled in The Baltimore Station’s therapeutic residential recovery program. For more information, please contact Kristen Zatina at

About The Baltimore Station

The Baltimore Station is a therapeutic residential recovery program that helps homeless men – primarily veterans – bound by drug and alcohol addiction break the cycle and become self-sufficient members of society. The only long-term residential program in the area, we provide up to 24 months of clinical care and life skills development to encourage a smoother transition to the real world and guaranteed lifelong success. At The Baltimore Station, we turn lives around.

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