'Hearts and Harleys' Raising Awareness about Domestic Violence

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The tee-ball field in Egg Harbor City, where Gavin Pabst played a sport he loved, is along the path of the Hearts and Harleys poker run, the biggest fundraiser the charity holds all year.

John Pabst, his father, stops there to pay his respects three times a year — on Gavin's birthday, the day Gavin died, and the poker run.

The field has been renamed The Gavin Pabst Memorial Tee Ball Field.

“He was just such an outgoing boy," said John Pabst. "Just a great personality. He always wanted to help people or be involved with people. He would literally give the shirt off his back; he literally would to help a friend or a family."

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John Pabst started Hearts and Harleys in honor of his son, Gavin, and his estranged wife, Michelle, who were both murdered three years ago last month by Michelle's boyfriend at the time.

The goal of Hearts and Harleys is to, "keep raising awareness of domestic violence and what it can do to people, and not just the victims, but the people that are then left behind for lack of a better term," said John Pabst.

"This has been a very difficult situation, not just for myself. It was very difficult when I lost Gavin, for the whole community, for my daughter Brianna, for Michelle’s brothers and sister, and nieces and nephews, and friends and loved ones. The list goes on.”

In almost three years, Hearts and Harleys has been able to raise enough money to give out three different scholarships to two different high schools, one being Cedar Creek, the school Gavin would have attended. They've also made two $1,000 donations to the Women's Center in Linwood.

If you would like to donate to Hearts and Harleys go to their Facebook, website or choose them as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile.

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