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For the kid in all of us

Prescott Sunrise Lions fundraiser to feature sports, food and fun

City of Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli (left), Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light, Prescott Police Chief Debora Black and Prescott Sunrise Lions member Mark Anderson pose at Prescott City Hall to promote a fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29. (Max Efrein/Courier)

City of Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli (left), Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light, Prescott Police Chief Debora Black and Prescott Sunrise Lions member Mark Anderson pose at Prescott City Hall to promote a fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29. (Max Efrein/Courier)

The Prescott Sunrise Lions have a new fundraiser coming up that combines food, beer and sports, all for the benefit of the Yavapai Food Bank/Lion charities.

Sporting events (softball, kickball, pickleball and volleyball) will be taking place concurrently from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in and around Kuebler Fields in Prescott.

“I kind of liken this to when were kids and would invite people out to play, so we’re calling it Play Day,” Prescott Sunrise Lions member Mark Anderson said.

Those who will be playing the sports have been directly invited by the Lions to do so, meaning the public is only welcome to spectate.

“It’s invitational,” Anderson said. “Otherwise, I think it would be absolute chaos.”

Anyone, however, is welcome to hike or bike Brownlow Trail during the event. Mountain bicyclists will be meeting at the head of the trail at 1 p.m.

Additionally, food and beer for cash purchase and smaller games, such as cornhole (bean bag toss), will be available.

The price of admission is one can of food or dry good per person. Cash is also accepted. All donations will go to the Yavapai Food Bank.

“This is a good time of year to fundraise for Yavapai Food Bank,” Anderson said.

BATTLE OF THE BADGES

The premier matchup during the event will be the Prescott Police Department versus the Prescott Fire Department in a friendly game of softball beginning at 3 p.m. on Kuebler Fields.

The last time the two agencies faced off at softball was in 2015 during a Champions for Children Foundation fundraising event.

“We’ve (played softball) twice since I’ve been here and we’re 0-for-2, so maybe it is time for us to win,” Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light said.

City of Prescott Mayor Greg Mangarelli has agreed to umpire the game at least for the first inning. Michael Lamar, the city’s manager, will be taking over the responsibility after that. Mangarelli’s wife, Sheila, will be throwing the first pitch.

Follow Max Efrein on Twitter @mefrein, email him at mefrein@prescottaz.com or call him at 928-445-3333 ext. 1105.