Tricounty Family Ministries is partnering with the Charleston RiverDogs for "Dogs with a Cause" to raise awareness and funds for the faith-based nonprofit during the team's upcoming home opener.

The opening game will be held at 7:05 p.m. April 7 at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. The RiverDogs will show a video clip about Tricounty Family Ministries and include various announcements about it before and after the game.

Using the theme of helping "Families in a Pickle," the game include"pickle jars" at vendor stands where people can donate to the nonprofit, along with other pickle-related fun, including a mascot.

Those who donate will be entered into a raffle that includes a chance to throw out the first pitch at a later game, an autographed ball and RiverDogs T-shirts, said Susan Hanshaw, CEO of Tricounty Family Ministries.

Tricounty Family Ministries is an ecumenical nonprofit that serves impoverished people in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. It provides food, clothing, prescription assistance, medical advocacy, counseling and education.

Those who purchase tickets through Tricounty Family Ministries for $10 will save $1.

Call 747-1788, ext. 13 or email tricountyfamilyministries

Jennifer Berry Hawes