On another beautiful Friday evening, police officers, firefighters and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) supporters set another fundraising record in the ninth CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic, presented by Faro Italian Grille. The Aug. 2 game generated over $143,000 for kids and programs at CHaD, representing the third straight year a fundraising record was established.
Funds for the game were generated in a variety of ways, through player fundraising, sponsorships, tickets and merchandise. The teams’ fundraising efforts were outstanding, with over $125,000 generated by the 49 law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel.
Team Police was the top club, raising nearly $68,000. Chris Heney of the Meredith Police Department led the men in blue with a game-high fundraising total of $23,175. This total was boosted by a $20,000 contribution from the game’s presenting partner, Faro Italian Grille.
For Team Fire, a new team record was established with the 26 players and coaches generating over $57,000. Newport’s Corey Conroy wrote his name in Fire’s record books by producing $7,095 for the cause.
In front of 2,100 fans, Police snagged another victory with a 7-2 triumph at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. Pitching was the early story of the game as Police’s Lucas Igles (Hollis) and Fire’s Jabe Felch (Seabrook) each threw three innings without giving up an earned run. Ilges left the game in favor of Bradford’s Kevin Faria, who tossed two scoreless innings to earn the victory.
Jeremy Ball (Cheshire County Dept. of Corrections) and Austin Biery (Manchester) provided key hits to drive home runs for Police. Shane Beauchemin (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office) did double-duty for Police, striking out seven on the mound while reaching base twice and scoring one run. For Fire, Rich Racine (Manchester) led the attack with three hits while knocking in a run and scoring another. Felch scored Fire’s other run after getting hit by a pitch.
Police’s victory was its third straight to take a 6-3 all-time series lead.
The evening was once again wrapped up with a spectacular fireworks show.
Thanks are due to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the staff for hosting CHaD for the game and for making things go as smoothly as possible. WMUR once again played a huge role promoting the game, including morning, noon, and evening broadcasts from the ballpark on game day.
Sponsors played a huge role in the record fundraising. Faro Italian Grille donated $20,000, thanks in part to a CHaD Day at Laconia’s Bike Week back in June. Brothers Before Others returned to sponsor Team Police while Waterville Valley became the new partner for Team Fire. Aroma Joe’s marked its first year with the game by presenting the post-game fireworks show. And a few hundred fans had an additional noisemaker on the night thanks to Duval’s Towing, this year’s spirit partner who helped provide cowbells to shake throughout the game.
Additionally, nearly 50 volunteers generously spent their Friday night helping raise money for CHaD kids.