2018-02-08 / Scene

Guns & Hoses readies to score again to raise money for American Cancer Society


Between the second and third periods of last year’s Guns & Hoses charity hockey game, Sgt. Joe Nesbit, who played for the Guns team, proposed to his girlfriend with the help of Ray Clemens and announcer Amie Burke. (She said yes!) Between the second and third periods of last year’s Guns & Hoses charity hockey game, Sgt. Joe Nesbit, who played for the Guns team, proposed to his girlfriend with the help of Ray Clemens and announcer Amie Burke. (She said yes!) LAPEER — The hockey game of the year is almost here again, and firefighters and police officers will square off Saturday, March 24 at the Polar Palace. The ninth annual charity Guns & Hoses hockey game, which will again raise 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 all around the 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.

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. There will also be a number of events before, during and after the game for visitors to enjoy, including the annual chuck-apuck challenge, which will net the winner a gift card to Louie’s Sports Tavern. Guests will also have the opportunity to win door prizes. Police and firefighters will take to the ice for a warm-up around 5:40, 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 in August of 2017. Announcing the game will be Mallory Pearson, from ABC12, and Mike Mulholland, a retired police officer.

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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