Locals Help to Set New Battle of the Badges Fundraising Record

A total of eight local policemen and firemen who got the chance to take  part in the recent 2017 Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) Battle of the Badges baseball game can continue to puff out their  chests with pride in the aftermath of that event as it has been  announced by game directors that that contest set a new record for funds  raised for its worthy cause.

The Friday, August 11 contest – played for the first time under the lights  at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in  Manchester – smashed previous fundraising efforts by raising a whopping  $102,000 and counting for the programs and services at the Children’s  Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The 45 police officers and firefighters from across the state who took  part in the contest were by far the largest fundraisers, but nearly 2,000 fans did contribute as well in turning out to watch Team Police beat Team Fire by a lopsided 15-2 tally to snare a 4-3 lead in the  annual series.

The players and coaches raised nearly $92,000, with the firemen leading  the way by collecting about $50,000 of that total. And by virtue of  their fundraising success, the firemen earned home field advantage in  series game number eight next August despite the fact that they were  vanquished so soundly on the field.

Badges veteran Anthony DeRosa of Derry led all the firemen where  fundraising was concerned by collecting some $4,740 on his own. DeRosa  was the on-field hero of the 2016 Badges game, rapping the winning hit  for his side. His fellow Derry Fire Department member Dennis Livoli  served as an assistant coach for the fire squad.

Four Londonderry firemen and two town policemen played for their  respective teams. The firemen were Riley Northrop, Mike Roberson, Brian  Schofield, and Chris Schofield, and the cops were Jim Freda and Justin  Hallock.

The record fundraising total of this year’s Battle of the Badges pushed  the game’s all-time fundraising tally to greater than $420,000 in seven  years. Players committed to raising at least $1,250, but the average  raised per player this summer was more than $2,000.

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