ITHACA, N.Y. — Police officers, firefighters and Bangs Ambulance personnel will face off in the annual First Responder Charity Softball Tournament to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Every year, the proceeds from the game benefit a different charity.  This year in honor of Colin Hayward Toland, an honorary lieutenant at the Ithaca Police Department, the money raised will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which took good care of him.

“Colin was able to attend the tournament in the past, and this year we play for him,” a news release said.

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Two games will take place Sunday at Ithaca College’s Kostrinsky Field. The gates open at 1 p.m. and the game begins at 1:30 p.m. Ithaca firefighters will play Bangs Ambulance. The winner of that game goes on to play last year’s champions, Ithaca Police.

Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the gate. The admission price is for both games.

Each ticket purchased will also be automatically entered into game-long raffles for door prizes.  Items that will be raffled off include gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, gift baskets from local businesses, free hotel stays and more.

“The game is completely organized by local Ithaca Police, Fire and EMS personnel, and sponsored by businesses and members of the Ithaca Community,” a news release said. “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!”

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Kelsey O'Connor

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