IPD – OCFA Charity Softball Challenge: A Great Success!
On Sunday June 26, 2011 nearly 200 people turned out for the first annual Irvine Police Officers vs. Orange County Fire Authority Firefighters softball challenge. The three game tournaments took place at Bill Barber Park. The firefighters were victorious winning two out of three games.
It was a great time as families and friends gathered to enjoy some baseball in the beautiful sunshine while benefitting two of our local charities, Families Forward and Team Kids.
Appreciation and gratitude go out to the community for bringing enough food to fill a 55 gallon barrel! Families Forward will be able to supply numerous families with a weeks worth of food. Team Kids was able to raise $2,000 from food sales, the 50/50 raffle, and a generous donation from Doctor’s Ambulance.
Pre-game ceremonies included a speech from Mayor Sukhee Kang, a presentation of the colors by the Irvine Police Department Honor Guard, and the National Anthem sung by Thomas Ernst. Councilman Jeff Lalloway, Crossroads Area Commander Barry Aninag, and Division Chief Mike Moore participated in the throwing of the first pitch.
Emergency service vehicles from the Irvine Police Department and Orange County Fire Authority were showcased. Special thanks to Alex Mendoza from D.A.R.E. for bringing vehicles.
In addition, a big thanks to Brad Lineberger from OCFA who helped with the event and provided the BBQ and to all of the Volunteers from Team Kids and Wells Fargo.
We look forward to seeing you out there next summer!