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Our Founder, Richard F. Barker

Rich Barker was a right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs during the 1999 season. His strong work ethic and dedication to others served him as he forged relationships with like-minded players like Dennis Bair, who was a minor-league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs and brought awareness to the national epidemic of missing children.

Today, Rich seeks to aid the efforts to bring missing children home. His team is dedicated to help and support the location and reunification of missing children with their families.

Our Partnership with the BairFind Foundation

The Bairfind Foundation was created by Dennis Bair, a minor-league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Bair spent most of his career tuning out the crowd so he could attack each batter with a laser-like focus.

After watching a documentary that depicted a mother and father's search to raise awareness about their missing daughter, Dennis realized that the stadium was not only filled with sports fans but also with teachers, coaches, families, classmates and friends of missing children who were a powerful, untapped resource in the search for missing children. It was then that he established The Bairfind Foundation to place photos of missing children within the view of tens of millions of Americans in stadiums and arenas across the country.

Since its formation, Bairfind has partnered with Minor League Baseball and has been able to provide this highly-effective search effort at no cost to searching families. By increasing the number of eyes seeing, Bairfind and its partners like The Richard F Barker Foundation are increasing the opportunity for every missing child to be reunited with his or her family. There are countless success stories of children who have been safely located and reunified, and with increased awareness and participation Bairfind and its partners have only just begun adding to this number.
Rich seeks to aid the efforts to bring missing children home. His team is dedicated to help and support the location and reunification of missing children with their families.
The Richard F. Barker Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax ID: 82-2338931
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