The word fundraiser contains the word “fun,” and ideally, that’s what occurs when events are meant to raise money for a good cause – the people promoting a good cause have fun doing so.

That was certainly the case when it came to the fourth annual charity softball game between police officers and fire and rescue workers in High Point.

The 2023 “Battle of the Badges” charity softball game between the High Point Police Department and High Point Fire and Rescue, which was played last month, generated roughly $12,000 for two good causes and there was a giant check ceremony to prove it.

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Truist Point stadium in downtown High Point, Pete Fisch, the president of the High Point Rockers baseball team, presented the check to representatives of local law enforcement as well as fire and rescue workers in High Point.

The donation – $11,637 to be exact – was accepted jointly by Captain Owen Farmer of High Point Fire and Rescue as well as by Lt. Travis Reams of the High Point Police Department.

The proceeds from the charity softball game will benefit the Angels in Blue and the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Fund.

Among other things, Angels in Blue provides gifts at Christmas for children who otherwise might not get any. The stated mission of the Fallen Firefighters fund is “to honor and remember North Carolina’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to support their survivors in re-building their lives and to educate within the fire service community and other agencies the roles and responsibilities of the NC Firefighters Fund.”

Last year, the game raised right at $10,000.  That year as well, the money went to those same two charities.

This year, the tickets to the game were $10 a piece and attendees were of course able to give more if they felt so inclined.