CHaD Baseball Game Smashes Fundraising, Attendance Records!
After six years, the CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic took on a new look in 2017 – and it was a look that paid off in a big way. Played under the lights for the first time, this year’s Baseball Classic, presented by Faro Italian Grille, raised a record $102,000 for the kids and services at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
The previous six versions of the game were afternoon affairs featuring police officers and firefighters meeting up on the diamond at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Moved to a Friday night, Aug. 11, this summer, the results were smashing. Nearly 2,000 fans – a record attendance for the game – turned out to watch Team Police snag a 15-2 win thanks to outstanding pitching and some big innings late in the game. When the contest was over, those same fans and the players enjoyed a brilliant fireworks show to cap a great evening.
The bulk of the fundraising for the game came from the players – 45 community heroes representing over 30 departments from around the state. Team Fire was the top fundraising team, gathering just shy of $50,000. They were led by Derry’s Anthony DeRosa and his $4,740 in fundraising. Team Police crushed its previous high as well, netting $42,000 as a unit. They were led by the game’s top individual fundraiser, Meredith officer Chris Heney. A Team Police co-captain, Heney generated $7,973, including the procurement of the game’s presenting partner, Faro Italian Grille.
In seven years, the game has now generated over $420,000 for CHaD.
The action on the field was much tighter early on than the final score indicated. Police never trailed, thanks to the solid pitching of starter Garrett Jewell and relievers Lucas Ilges and Erik Willett. Jewell earned the victory with three shutout innings, a feat Ilges matched over the middles stanza in the game. The victory gave Team Police a 4-3 series lead heading into the 2018 game.
CHaD is beyond grateful for the record support from this year’s players, fans, sponsors, and volunteers. The fundraising surpassed the previous record by nearly $30,000, and attendance grew by 33 percent over the 2016 crowd. In years past, players and supporters had suggested a night game, and their passion for the change saw the game grow tremendously. We are also grateful for the support provided by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in making a night game possible. We’ll look forward to more night games and fireworks beginning in the summer of 2018!
Photos are available for viewing on our Facebook page. Enjoy the memories and get ready for more Police v. Fire action coming in March with the Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship!