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Diamond duel pits mayors vs. police, fire chiefs for charity

Hometown police chief Chuck Forsyth takes swing during 2013 Battle Burbs softball game.  |  File photo

Hometown police chief Chuck Forsyth takes a swing during the 2013 Battle of the Burbs softball game. | File photo

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Updated: July 10, 2014 2:53PM



Southwest suburban mayors will take on their police and fire chiefs in the second annual “Battle in the Burbs” softball game at 5 p.m. July 20 at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, according to a press release about the event.

The “Battle in the Burbs,” scheduled as a seven-inning game, brings together people from all over the southwest suburbs for a fun-filled fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics, the release said.

Police and fire chiefs will compete against the mayors in a game that promises to be a family-friendly event. Admission is $5, and children under 10 are free, the release said.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to benefit Special Olympics, it said.

Food and refreshments will be available at the concession stands. This year, WLS Cumulus Radio will be promoting the event, and radio personality Dick Biondi will be on hand to meet and greet attendees and help keep everyone fully entertained, the release said.

Businesses can support the event with three levels of sponsorship — grand slam ($500), home run ($250) and RBI ($100), it said. Benefits come with each level of sponsorship, and WLS Radio will be promoting and sponsoring the event as well. Businesses interested in sponsoring should call Fanning Communications at (708) 293-1430.

The gates are to open at 3 p.m.

Last year, the police and fire chiefs won the game, 26-12.

For more information about the event, visit www.facebook.com/battleintheburbs.

Staff report



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