MUNSTER | Red squared off against blue as the Munster fire and police departments took to the ball field in a charity softball game. The friendly competition took place May 19 at Community Park and benefited the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.
CRC is a program of the Community Cancer Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of cancer care in northwest Indiana and the south Chicago suburbs. All services – support groups, mind-body-spirit classes, educational offerings and a resource library - are offered free of charge to those in need.
According to Munster Police Officer James Ghrist, Choice Community Council came up with the idea of the charity game, and because it was created as a local event, wanted to be able to designate the proceeds to a local nonprofit.
“We all know lots of people touched by cancer,” Ghrist said, “and found a way to make a difference in our own community. Our first game was very successful – we sold more than 300 tickets and combined with the proceeds of the 50/50 raffle, were able to present a check for more than $1,600 to the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.”
Blue (police) came out on top 15-10 and has bragging rights for now, Ghrist added. “We had fun, perfect weather and a nice crowd came out to cheer us on. We’ve already been talking about how we could expand on our efforts next year,” he said.