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May 20, 2009 > Guns battle Hoses to raise funds

Guns battle Hoses to raise funds

By Meredith Eidem

Should the Fremont Police Department be fighting the Fremont Fire Department? Sure! As long as it is at the 3rd Annual Guns 'n Hoses basketball game benefitting Special Olympics of Northern California.

In addition to personal donations, members from both departments team up with Special Olympics athletes and put their energies into a spectacular game for all to see. The event plays a role in raising $30 million worldwide.

The first local competition came into play as a class project of Leadership Fremont, a nine-month training course offered through the Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to raise money and awareness of the extensive abilities of Special Olympics athletes. They know their way around both on and off the court, learning life skills that enable them to be independent members of the community.

Organizers are shooting to net $10,000, according to Fremont Police Lieutenant Clarise Lew.

Start this winning workout by purchasing tickets at the police department, Cartridge World or at the game. Warm up by buying raffle tickets. Don't throw in the towel if you don't win, because you can also score sports memorabilia in the silent auction.

You won't believe how much energy you will have during the game, building camaraderie while cheering for the skilled athletes. Halftime will earn a three-pointer in entertainment: an honor guard presenting colors, cheerleaders and a DJ. Then get back into the action and cheer on the team of your choice - or even both. Cool down by partaking of the food faire.

For fun, excitement, and merriment, it's a slam dunk!

This uplifting event is brought to you by caring corporate sponsors, police and fire department members, and generous donations from the public. Visit for more information.

Guns 'n Hoses
Saturday, May 23
6 p.m.
Washington High School
38442 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 790-2023

General Admission: $5 (children under 3 free)

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