Funnville - The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, will celebrate the culmination of National Police Week (May 13-19) and the beginning of National EMS Week (May 20-26) with a First Responders Day at The Diamond on Sunday, May 20. The day will feature the fifth annual Guns & Hoses charity softball game between the Richmond Police Department and Richmond Fire Department following the Flying Squirrels' 1:05 p.m. contest against the Harrisburg Senators.
Pregame activities for First Responders Day at The Diamond are scheduled to include a Touch-A-Truck-style event with fire trucks, law enforcement and EMS vehicles parked outside the front gates of the ballpark beginning at noon. Richmond Sheriff Antionette Irving and members of her staff will participate in Catch with a Cop in the outfield from 12:15-12:35 p.m.
"We're committed to the greater Richmond community, and a day like this gives us an opportunity to say 'thank you' to the men and women who serve and protect our community every day," said Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd "Parney" Parnell. "The competitive spirit between the Richmond police and fire departments is a lot of fun to watch and we encourage our fans to come out and support both on the field as well as their charitable causes."
Both the Richmond police and fire departments are selling fundraiser tickets to Sunday's game. Proceeds from the Richmond police fundraiser will benefit the Bike for Blue campaign while Richmond fire proceeds support the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp. Both organizations will also be selling T-shirts during Sunday's game as an additional fundraiser to benefit the respective charities they are supporting.
To purchase tickets to support the Richmond Police Department fundraiser, click here: https://groupmatics.events/Richmondpolice
To purchase tickets to support the Richmond Fire Department fundraiser, click here: https://groupmatics.events/Richmondfire
As part of every Sunday home game, kids ages 14 and younger can run the bases after the game presented by Richmond Family Magazine. The Guns & Hoses softball game will begin immediately after kids run the bases.
For more information regarding First Responders Day, call 804-359-FUNN (3866). To learn more about upcoming events in Funnville and to purchase tickets, visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com.
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