HIGH POINT — An October softball game between High Point police and firefighters will benefit charities for both departments.
The High Point Rockers, in conjunction with its stadium restaurant, The Pitchin’ Kitchen, raised $4,000 during the Oct. 30 charity game, which was won by the High Point Fire Department.
High Point Police Chief Travis Stroud called it “a great way to end 2020.”
“Congratulations to the High Point Fire Department on the win and to all who helped put on a tremendous event,” he said. “We look forward to doing this again next year and for many years to come.”
High Point Fire Chief Tommy Reid called it “a home run for the two charities involved.”
The police department will use the money to help with its Angels in Blue program, which assists families in need during the holidays by providing gifts, household items and food each winter.
The fire department will use its money to help the N.C. Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a group dedicated to assisting families and fire departments after a firefighter dies in the line of duty.
This event occurred while following all state, local and CDC-recommended guidelines including social distancing, temperature checks and wearing masks.
Planning for the game began long before the COVID-19 pandemic, said Christian Heimall, Rockers assistant general manager.
“We had been planning this event since fall of 2019, and it was something we wanted to do so much, especially with how many people were impacted by the coronavirus in 2020,” Heimall said. “While we weren’t able to have the crowd we originally hoped for, those who were able to attend helped us lay the groundwork for an annual event that will be the pinnacle of our charitable efforts in downtown High Point.”
Through a partnership with Ilderton Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat, all proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of merchandise, food and beverage sales at Truist Point during the game went to the two departments, which received checks of $2,000 each. The check presentation was made during Thanksgiving week.