The Po. Co. Guns N’ Hoses organization returns its popular cops vs. firefighters exhibition charity softball game on August 28 at 3 pm at Leo "Cub" Mancheski Field at Bukolt Park, 100 Bukolt Ave. The gate opens at 1. The lineup will be presented at 2:30.
The gate opens at 1:00 and the lineup will be presented at 2:30. The family-friendly game will go on rain or shine.
In previous years, the organization raised funds for area veterans groups. In 2022, the group will raise funds for Dream Flight and the Portage Co. Veterans Relief Fund and will begin raising funds for the construction of a memorial monument honoring local veterans.
"We realized the groups we'd previously been funding were all well-funded this year, so we're starting to raise funds for the memorial," said Police Chief Bob Kussow from the Stevens Point Police Department.
Kussow said the group plans to raise about $150,000 for the monument, which will be on display in one of the city's parks. Additional details were still being determined, Kussow said.
Calling color for the game are retired police officers Kevin Ruder and Ron Carlson from the Stevens Point Police Department, who will keep the audience entertained with their local humor and knowledge of the softball diamond.
Referee positions will be manned by Portage County Executive John Pavelski, Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza, and Plover Administrator Dan Ault.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the game. The Mid-State Sisters of Skate are returning to work the concession stand. Vendors also include Polito's Pizza and various veteran organizations.
The event will include an emergency vehicle display, a special American flag display, and a 50/50 raffle.
The organization is comprised of law enforcement from the Portage Co. Sheriff's Office, Stevens Point Police Department, Plover Police Department, UW-Stevens Point Police and Security, Stevens Point Fire Department, and Hull Fire/EMS.
Since its inception in 2014, the organization has raised over $134,000 for Portage Co. veterans of military service and the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, the Portage Co. Veterans Emergency Services Fund, and other local veteran causes.
Additional information can be found on the group's Facebook page.