Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Firefighters, police to duke it out at nonprofit fundraiser

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 8, 2010

Inspired by the friendly rivalry between police officers and firefighters, a Battle of the Badges boxing show will highlight a fundraiser for local nonprofit groups at Oceanview Pavilion on Saturday.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Oxnard Police Activities League and the Volunteers in Policing program.

“It’s not often that our police and fire agencies get together for a common purpose outside of our everyday emergencies, so it makes it fun to build our camaraderie on another purposeful level,” said event organizer Marc Amon, a sergeant with the Oxnard Police Department.

Ten matches, featuring three two-minute rounds, will showcase sheriff’s deputies and police officers versus firefighters from agencies including the Los Angeles Police Department, Oxnard police and fire departments, Santa Monica police and fire departments and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. All bouts are sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.

“The idea of Battle of the Badges has been around for several years,” Amon said. “It’s based on the friendly rivalry between police officers and firefighters that seems to be prevalent wherever you go.”

Last year, the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association decided to build on the rivalry by putting together the first boxing fundraiser in which many of the agencies in Ventura County participated.

Oceanview Pavilion is once again be the official sponsor of the event. “Whatever we can do to support and make a positive difference make this charitable work worthwhile,” said Sharon Kloeris, executive vice president of Oceanview Pavilion.

Additionally, “the Battle of the Badges is a fun and exciting way to showcase our incredible courageous men and women who keep us safe and protect us from harm’s way.”

Roughly $18,000 was donated from the event last year to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Amon said. This year they hope to raise at least $25,000, some of which will go to buy equipment for the Volunteers in Policing program.

“Our Volunteers in Policing help us out on many special projects including illegal vendor stings, DUI checkpoints and anything else they can fit in their busy schedules,” Amon said.

“Because of the recent budget crisis, our VIPs have been assisting and operating without some much-needed equipment such as vehicles, uniforms and flashlights the potential benefits we have in working together is astronomical and we’d like to make sure we can properly equip them so they can continue serving alongside us.”

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