City Times Staff
Police & Fire Commissioner Bob Ostrowski hands Police Chief Marty Skibba a check for $250.
Ostrowski is a member of the Stevens Point Knights of Columbus and made the donation on behalf of the group.
The donation is the latest for the Guns N’ Hoses charity softball game, scheduled for Aug. 27 at Leo Cub Mancheski Field in Bukolt Park.
The third-annual game, during which Stevens Point firefighters will face local law enforcement in friendly exhibition play, is the main attraction of the fundraiser, which directly benefits local veterans of United States military service.
In its first two years, the local Guns N’ Hoses event has raised more than $73,000 to benefit the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, a Wausau-based organization which flies veterans free of charge to Washington, D.C. for a day of sightseeing at war memorials built in their honor. The 2015 event also raised funds for the Portage Co. Veterans Relief Fund, a county-run program which assists local veterans with emergency housing needs, medical costs and other unexpected expenses.
This year’s event will continue to raise funds for NFHF and the Veterans Relief Fund, but will also benefit additional local veteran assistance organizations.
Event organizers say they’ve raised over $20,000 for the 2016 event. Donations can be made at any location of Simplicity Credit Union (formerly Central City Credit Union).