More than $7,000 Donated to Make A Wish Foundation
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with Lexington County public safety agencies and Lexington County School District One donated $7,684 to the Make A Wish Foundation as a result of the fourth annual Battle of the Badges charity basketball game and dinner that was conducted on Saturday, March 9 at Gilbert High School.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts and Lexington County Public Safety Director David W. Kerr thanked the approximately 400 citizens who attended the Battle of the Badges. The event included a basketball game between a team of sheriff’s deputies and a team of personnel from the Lexington County Fire Service and county Emergency Medical Services. The team that was comprised of sheriff’s deputies won the basketball game by a score of 86-74.
The $7,684 that was donated to the Make A Wish Foundation will be used to finance the wish of John Michael, a 4-year-old boy who lives in Chapin and is battling a brain tumor, Metts and Kerr said. John Michael, who attended Battle of the Badges, wishes to visit Disney World.
“Everyone who participated in the event was a winner,” Metts and Kerr said. “The joy and appreciation that John Michael expressed was very rewarding for all participants.”
Resident Deputy Joe Auckerman, who serves the Gilbert, Hollow Creek and Summit communities, coordinated the participation of the Sheriff’s Department in Battle of the Badges, Metts said. Tony Banco with county Fire Station #8 in Gilbert coordinated the participation of the Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services in the event, Kerr said.
Members of the Sheriff’s Department Explorers Post helped facilitate parking at the event, Metts said. Explorers with county Emergency Medical Services assisted in selling T-shirts and tickets for the event, Kerr said.
This was the first year that the county public safety team included members from Emergency Medical Services, Kerr said.
“This event continued to help us build teamwork and camaraderie among county public safety employees,” Kerr said. “Battle of the Badges also was an excellent example of the commitment to public service and teamwork that serves as a common bond for Lexington County’s law enforcement and public safety employees.”
Metts and Kerr thanked the following sponsors for contributing to the event’s success: town of Summit, town of Gilbert, Love Chevrolet, Lexington Medical Center, Subway restaurant in Gilbert, Caraway Fire & Safety Corporation, Ed Smith Lumber, Reese Builders, Pine Press Printing, UPS Store, Gilbert Coin Exchange, Gilbert Quick Serve, Custom Awards and Trophies, Union Produce of Orangeburg, Shealy’s BBQ, Whitehead Orthodontist, Wild Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Striper Delight Lure Company.
The Battle of the Badges charity basketball game and dinner reflects the Sheriff’s Department mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County, Metts said.