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The Barker Adoption Foundation went out to the ballgame on Sunday, June 7, for the third annual “Barker Goes Nats!” event. Barker received the Washington National’s Spirit Award and hosted a celebratory event for over 300 Barker friends and families. Absolutely a winning day for Barker, if not for the Nats!
Just before the first pitch, The Barker Adoption Foundation stepped out on to the field to receive the Washington Nationals’ “Spirit Award” in recognition of our unwavering commitment to supporting children and building families through adoption. Children representing Barker on the field were Hope Dennis, Makenzee Freeman, and Alexander Washington, along with Board of Trustees members Megan Dennis, John Freeman and Adrian Washington. After the presentation of the award, Hope Dennis -- dressed from head to toe in Nats gear -- was selected to shake hands with the Nats Manager and help out behind home plate. In a series of nine “party suites,” event sponsors joined Barker families, foundation funders, staff, and Board members to watch the game and build the Barker community.
Once again, an original Nationals print by local artist Joseph Craig English was raffled off during the 7th Inning Stretch. Barker parent and event sponsor, Rob DeLucia, won the print – and immediately decided to give it to Nats Super Fan Hope Dennis to commemorate her special day at the stadium.
Despite a disappointing loss to the Chicago Cubs, it was a great day for Barker and we’re already looking forward to next year.