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Pelham PD and FD Raise Money for The Danny Fund

PELHAM, N.Y. – While the Pelham Police Department and Fire Department work together in emergencies, a Sunday softball game to raise money for The Danny Fund showed that they will come together for a good cause as well. Even though the police and firefighters' team had bragging rights over The Danny Fund team after winning 10-5, the fun-filled game was about much more than that.

“The Danny Fund is all about helping families with seriously ill children,” said Michael Daly, president of The Danny Fund. “This is one of the fundraisers we use throughout the year to make sure we’re there whenever a family in crisis needs help. This is just a fun way to get out. We were hoping for a couple of feet of snow, but that wasn’t happening this year.”

When the two teams played last year, three feet of snow blanketed the ground, which they were still talking about at Sunday’s game.

The highlight of the 2012 game came when the firefighters and police officers' team hit four inside-the-park home runs – in a row – to tie the score.

Daly, who manned first base, thanked the two departments for their support of The Danny Fund throughout the years.

“They’ve been big supporters of ours for, oh, probably 18 years, since we founded it,” he said. “It’s good to see them out here, although we’re getting a little bit older each year, I see.”

Detective John Hynes of the Pelham Police Department played third base and made some gold glove plays in the process. He is a board member of The Danny Fund and was thrilled to be participating in the charity event.

“It’s a great event,” said Hynes. “First of all, The Danny Fund’s a great organization – it helps kids. And what’s better than the police department and the fire department to be together? I think it’s great. It’s a lot of fun. Everybody’s having a good time – a lot of laughs. It’s for a good cause.”

Several of the players, and those who could not attend the game, headed to B&B's in Pelham for a post-game, $25-ticket reception.

The Danny Fund was founded in 1994 when money was left over after Daly and his friends helped a local 4-year-old boy, who was suffering from leukemia, through various fundraisers.

The boy, whose first name was Danny, is in remission and is now a “happy, healthy young man,” said Daly.

The charity organization has helped 60 families since that time, including five this year.

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