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ITHACA, N.Y. — Police Officers, Firefighters, and Bangs Ambulance personnel are going to bat for charity in Ithaca’s Third Annual First Responder Charity Softball Tournament. Each year all of the proceeds from the game will benefit a different charity, and this year’s charity is the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

The game is completely organized by local Ithaca Police, Fire and EMS personnel, and sponsored by businesses and members of the Ithaca Community.

There will be two games played at Ithaca College’s Kostrinsky Field on September 30th, 2017, beginning at 2pm, gates open at 1pm. Ithaca Fire will be playing Bangs Ambulance, and the winner of that game goes on to play last year’s champions, the Ithaca Police, at 4pm.

Tickets are $5, and will be sold in advance and at the gate and are good for admission to both games. Advance tickets will be entered into an exclusive advance-ticket-only 50/50 drawing. You do not need to attend the game to win the 50/50.

Each ticket purchased and presented at the door will also automatically be entered into game-long raffles for door prizes. Items to be raffled off to ticket-holders include signed sports memorabilia, gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, gift baskets from local businesses, and much more!

Come out and see your local first responders do their best to beat each other on the field. Fans are encouraged to wear colors to show support for your favorite team!

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance by logging on to Facebook and sending a message to, or talking to an Ithaca Police Officer, Firefighter or Bangs Ambulance Personnel.

If you’re interested in donating or being a sponsor, or have questions, please send email to, message or mail to:

Charity Softball c/o Ithaca PBA
120 East Clinton St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

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