His Outreach Worldwide will host Faith and Family Fun Night alongside the Fayetteville SwampDogs on June 30 at J.P. Riddle Stadium. As the SwampDogs take on the Wilmington Sharks, fans can enjoy the game and some entertainment, too.
Lynne O’Quinn, founder of HOW, said there will be many family-friendly activities, such as bouncy houses and face painting, for children.
The outreach-focused nonprofit’s mission is “to reach children of the world with the gospel and love of Jesus Christ,” according to its wesbite at hisoutreachworldwide.org. On game night, donate a new stuffed animal for children with critical health concerns at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. The donation of a stuffed animal will serve as guest’s entry payment for a raffle prize basket donated by the SwampDogs.
The SwampDogs will accompany a division of HOW that partners with the North Carolina Ronald McDonald Houses, His Shining Stars, to deliver the plush toys.
The SwampDogs began a relationship with HOW after Hurricane Matthew aligned their otherwise different and separate missions. “This is how community helps community,” O’Quinn said. “We have remained best friends.”
Lost N Found, a local contemporary Christian southern rock band, is also teaming up to support HOW’s efforts by playing the pre-game show. John Kennedy, band member and manager, said they’d be performing a wide variety of songs, including songs from their album “Going Home.”
The band’s original music is “spiritually inspired or it is not played,” Lost N Found’s website says. “Each song has scripture backing up the content.”
O’Quinn said she’s excited for the band to play as their relationship extends over a decade to a time when Kennedy and Rob Greene, lead guitar, played for a secular band.
“Two of the members in Lost N Found were members of a southern rock band that I managed years ago,” O’Quinn said. “We just recently reconnected when they started Lost N Found (and) when we realized we were both working for the Lord.”
Kennedy said O’Quinn was “involved in a music project with myself and the lead guitarist for Lost N Found in the 90s.”
“We had lost touch and then via Facebook we were reunited a few months ago,” Kennedy said. “We met with Lynne for a brief reunion and were immediately led to help her with HOW any way
we could. It was amazing how both of us were in ministry all these years later,” Kennedy said.
O’Quinn said God brought her together with Lost N Found and the SwampDogs for such a time as this.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the baseball game is set to begin at 7:05 p.m.