Last year a tradition was born on Marco Island – the first annual “Bravest v. Finest” soft ball game, between the Fire Rescue Department and the Police Department. It was a smash hit; in fact a home run. The tradition carries on this year on March 3rd at Winterberry Park. It’s fun for the family with free admission and lots of activity for all ages.
The “Bravest v. Finest” game is part of a larger program featuring a band from the Marco Island Charter Middle School, a two inning game with players from the Cal Ripken League, free popcorn and lots of fun. Hot dogs (of course) will be grilled along with hamburgers, cheeseburgers and bratwurst. Where else can you get a ballpark hot dog for $2 or a hamburger, cheeseburger or brat for $3 these days? Since the main purpose of the event is to provide a day of community enjoyment prices are being held as low as possible. This can be accomplished with contributions from community-minded sponsors. Spectators will see the sponsors’ names on outfield banners and in the game programs.
Festivities begin at 11:00AM with a band concert. After the Cal Ripken game the main event will start at 1:00PM. Last year the Bravest (Fire Rescue team) squeaked out a 22-9 win, and this year the Finest (Police) are looking for revenge. They’ve not only been practicing; they are in a Collier County Police League Championship Series in Naples. Meanwhile, the Fire Rescue team is not idle. They are staying in shape and looking forward to another exciting game.
All proceeds will be divided equally between the Police Foundation and the Fire Rescue Foundation. The foundations provide assistance to our first responders in time of need. Those who wish to contribute may contact Dianna Dohm at 259-1405 or Debra Shanahan at 394-1268. All funds are used to assist the first responders.