Guns ‘n’ Hoses returns for fourth year

Softball fundraiser set for Aug. 6 at Kyte Monroe

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 27, 2016

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — What began as a way to help students afford higher education, children experience summer without thinking of their injuries and families have a brighter Christmas has evolved into a friendly rivalry between local police officers and firefighters.

“They put a plastic trophy in front of firemen and cops, and we’re pretty competitive — we both want that trophy,” said Scott Campbell, of the St. Clair Shores Fire Department. “We want those bragging rights.”

The fourth annual Guns ‘n’ Hoses Softball Classic is set for 5-10 p.m. Aug. 6 at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park, 32701 Harper Ave., with the first pitch at 7:30 p.m. Put on each year by the Women’s Civic League of St. Clair Shores, the event raises money for that organization’s annual scholarship fund, the Great Lakes Burn Camp supported by the St. Clair Shores Fire Department and St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids.

Admission costs $5 for those 5 years and older and includes a DJ, inflatables for children to jump in, glitter tattoos, Better Made chips and Rocky peanuts. There will also be food available for purchase from a hot dog and sausage vendor, Wally’s Frozen Custard, and a beer tent from the St. Clair Shores Optimists Club. 

New this year will be two news media “celebrity” players: Nima Shaffe, from WXYZ-ABC Channel 7, and M.L. Elrick, from WJBK-Fox 2. 

Event organizer Debbie Powell said that more than 400 people attended in 2015 and they are grateful for the support.

“The businesses in St. Clair Shores ... every year they’re more and more generous,” she said. “I think we’re the St. Clair Shores event with the most door prizes.”

All donations are split three ways between the charities, and the event couldn’t have happened without the help of sponsors Roy O’Brien Ford, Viviano Flower Shop and Raffin Team of Re/Max, Powell said.

But while the event is held to support three very good causes, it’s a little more personal for members of the Police and Fire departments — especially since the police have pulled out a win the first three years.

“We’re looking to make it four wins in a row for the Police Department,” said officer Kevin Kimm. “Now more than ever ... support for local law enforcement has been over-pouring, and we just (want to) take that positive energy and give a really entertaining game.”

This is the 40th anniversary year for St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids, and Kimm said they were able to provide Christmas for more than 330 children in more than 120 families in 2015. But that isn’t all the organization does.

“Whether it’s a family who had a garage fire and needed new car seats to, obviously, a family that maybe can’t afford to have their cyclone fence replaced,” he said. “The fire marshal contacts us on fires that have affected youth children. Our board looks into it, and we give checks or gift cards out to these families as soon as possible.”

Campbell said that the Great Lakes Burn Camp hosts two camps each year for children who have been burned in fires.

“They get to go feel normal for a week without being judged, and our fire marshal volunteers there every year,” he said. 

For more information about Guns ‘n’ Hoses, call the Women’s Civic League at (586) 522-6622.

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