Softball Diamonds are Mission 500’s Best Friend

Charity Softball Game Raises $47,000 for Bookbags, School Supplies and Burn Center in NYC Area

Miami, FL (October 5, 2017) -- Mission 500, a non-profit charity supported primarily by the security industry and dedicated to serving the needs of children and communities in crisis, raised $47,000 at its third annual Security Softball Game on September 9th at Overpeck County Park in Leonia, New Jersey. The event’s success let Mission 500 meet their goal of filling 200 book bags with school supplies for donation to children attending Title One schools in the South Bronx – the poorest congressional district in the country. 400 children attending Title One Schools in Hempstead, NY will also receive school refill kits supported by these funds and delivered through a one-time distribution by the Salvation Army.

“When we ask for help in supporting children and families in need, the security industry answers,” said Jeff Eichenlaub, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Mission 500.

“Every dollar donated and every book bag filled can help change the life of a child, so we are grateful for the generosity of those who took part in and supported this year’s charity softball game.”

Part of the money raised from the game was donated to the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation Children’s Camp, a non-for-profit dedicated to the advancement of burn care, research, prevention, education, and the proper treatment of burns. This organization sends burn victims under the age of 18 to a camp where they can come together and put their scars aside while having fun at summer camp.

Additionally, $2,500 was donated to a fire alarm and safety program in the Appalachian region which works to educate impoverished families on fire and carbon monoxide detection and safety. The remainder of the funds raised will be used towards Mission 500’s regional programming for children in the United States, including relief for underprivileged children and families impacted by the hurricanes in Houston and Florida.

Sponsors were also given the opportunity to fundraise for the event. Accolades for raising the most funds as a team went to Dahua at $1,690 and Hanwha at $1,558.
Event sponsors included ADI, Altronix, Anixter, Axis, Commercial Architecture Magazine, Criticom Monitoring Services, Dahua Technology USA, DOT Generation, DMP, FST Biometrics, Galaxy Control Systems, Hanwha Techwin America, ISC Events, Ken Gould Consulting, LRG Marketing Communications, Napco Starlink, Pelco by Schneider Electric, ScanSource Security, SDM, SD&I, Security Today, Security Sales & Integration and Security Systems News. In-kind sponsor for the event included Nathan’s Famous hot dogs.

Security industry professionals looking to support Mission 500 can help in a variety of ways, including donating to the Hurricane Disaster Relief and Recovery Giving Page (, volunteering to help with the Security 5K/2K at ISC West 2018, participating in a teambuilding event with their colleagues or customers, or by making financial donations. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made by check or major credit cards.

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For more information on contributions or sponsorships, please visit or contact Jeff Eichenlaub at or call 631-219-8728.
About Mission 500
 Mission 500 is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the security industry to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis. Mission 500’s primary goal was to focus security industry efforts on sponsoring more than 500 children through World Vision’s humanitarian outreach. Through corporate sponsorships and donors, the volunteer-driven initiative has now sponsored more than 1,100 children through World Vision’s humanitarian efforts; generated more than $4 million in cash and gifts in kind; and distributed more than 10,000 book bags filled with school supplies to students attending Title One schools. For more information on contributions or sponsorships, please visit or contact Jeff Eichenlaub at