Police/fire ready for softball game

Published 10:03 am Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The police and fire departments of Austin will team up Sunday to raise money for tornado relief.

The public is invited to attend the second annual Police versus Fire Softball Game at the South Fields of Todd Park. The game starts at 12:30 p.m., following a lunch served by the officers at 11 a.m.

The cost for lunch is $4. Hormel and Hy-Vee are donating food, and several businesses are offering prizes to be given away at the game.

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Donations of either money or prizes will be collected, with all proceeds going toward new trees for Todd Park and tornado victims.

Police officer Mark Walski said they hope to collect about $3,000 in donations at Sunday’s game. Trees cost $60 to $100 each.

For people who lost trees during the tornado, there will be a sign-up sheet at the game to receive new trees.

In 2007, the police and fire departments held the first annual softball game in order to raise money for the Mower County Care Council. The event serves as a fundraiser “for whoever needs money at that time,” Walski said.

The game also helps “to build a spirit of camaraderie between the police and fire departments,” said Paul Philipp, chief of police.

If you can’t attend the game, but would still like to make a donation, send checks to the Law Enforcement Center, 201 1st St. NE, or call Mark Walski at (507) 460-1509.