Charity softball game to benefit Crawford AuSable School District students

First annual Guns & Hoses (police officers vs. fire fighters) event generates thousands of dollars for local youth
A charity softball game featuring local police officers and fire fighters raised thousands of dollars and gathered school supplies for local students last week.
 The first annual Guns & Hoses Softball Game – held on Thursday, August 11, at the Hanson Hills Recreation Area softball field – “raised $7,423.06 along with three boxes of school supplies,” said Crawford County Undersheriff Ryan Swope.
“The money raised will be used to purchase additional school supplies for the youth of Crawford AuSable School District.  Any additional funds after buying school supplies will be used to purchase needed food and clothing for all three schools’ food pantries throughout the school year,” Undersheriff Swope said.
The game featured the Crawford County Cruisers (Sheriff’s Department) vs. the Station 2 Wrecking Crew (local firefighters), and the Wrecking Crew won 22-21 in extra innings.
A crowd of people showed up on Thursday to watch the game and donate to the cause, and the night featured warm and sunny weather conditions. Undersheriff Swope said the event “was an absolute hit.” 
“There was a large amount of community donations from local businesses and community members.  There was also a strong showing of community support at the game.  On top of having a great time and it being a competitive game, it was a great team building activity for both agencies.  All in all it was a hit and we are looking forward to next year’s game,” Undersheriff Swope said. “To give credit where credit is due, the Grayling Fire Department did a fantastic job putting this fundraiser together. They put the entire event together by getting donations, ordering shirts, scheduling a food truck and announcer, along with numerous other things. The Crawford County Sheriff's Office would like to make it known that this event would not have been possible if not for all of their hard work.”

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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