2018-03-08 / Scene

Guns & Hoses benefit game on March 24

LAPEER — The hockey game of the year is almost here, pitting firefighters against police officers once again on Saturday, March 24 at the Polar Palace. The ninth annual charity Guns & Hoses hockey game, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, is set to begin at 6 p.m. and will give residents the chance to see which team will prevail in the name of a great cause.

Police officers, deputies, and firefighters from around Lapeer County are coming together to face off for a year’s worth of bragging rights, but the real winners, as in years past, are the men, women and children that are able to benefit from the help of the American Cancer Society.

The Guns and Hoses teams will take to the ice for a warm-up around 5:40 p.m., followed by team introductions at 5:50 and the singing of the National Anthem, performed by Rachelle Ray, directly thereafter. This year, the ceremonial puck drop will be in honor of the late Jeff “Bubba” Brooks, an exemplary deputy that passed away in August of 2017. Announcing the game this year will be Mallory Pearson, from ABC12, and Mike Mulholland, a retired police officer.

Guns & Hoses raises money for Ray C’s Relay for Life Team, with all of the proceeds going toward American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and money for research in the fight against cancer. A number of representatives from Relay for Life will have a table in the lobby of the Polar Palace before the game, which will allow any cancer survivors to register to receive recognition during the first period of the game. The group will also hold registration for this year’s Relay for Life, set for Saturday, June 9 at the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds.

Ray Clemens, who helps to organize the event each year, said he couldn’t be happier with both the police and firefighters who are participating. Within the last eight years, Guns & Hoses has raised nearly $60,000 for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.

Doors will open for the event at 5 p.m., and the ceremonial puck drop will take place promptly at 6 p.m. A number of events and activities will also be held before, during and after the game, including the annual chuck-a-puck challenge, which will net the winner a gift card to Louie’s Sports Tavern. Guests will also have the opportunity to win door prizes.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Ray C’s Harley-Davidson, View Newspaper Group, Louie’s Sports Tavern, Polar Palace and Home Depot. Tickets to the event, which cost $5, can be purchased at the Polar Palace, Louie’s Sports Tavern, Ray C’s Harley- Davidson, Ray C’s Extreme Store and Home Depot in Lapeer.

— Alex Petrie

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