Annual CHaD Baseball Game Raises $111,000 for Kids, Programs at CHaD

CHaD check presentation
L-R Team Fire's Adam Kobeski and Jon Lopez, Ryan Mullholland of Compass Title & Closings, Kurt Strandson of Pinnacle Mortgage, Team Police's Chris Heney and Steve Case.

On a beautiful Friday evening, a dedicated group of first responders hit the field at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester in support of patients and critical programs at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). The tenth CHaD Battle of the Badges on Aug. 20 saw Team Police beat Team Fire, 11-5, while the event raised over $111,000.

The annual game capped off a summer of outstanding fundraising efforts by the police officers and firefighters who comprised the rosters. As a group, nearly fifty players combined to generate just over $89,000 with their individual fundraising. Team Police just edged out a fundraising victory, squeezing by Fire by a $2,200 margin. Ed Shaughnessy (Bradford/Sunapee Police) led Police by raising $6,240. He was followed by Fire’s Cam Covert (Hudson Fire), who collected over $3,700 in his first year playing in the game.

Generous corporate partners once again played a huge role in fundraising for the game. Pinnacle Mortgage Corp. and Compass Title & Closing marked their CHaD Baseball debuts as joint presenting partners. Long-time CHaD supporter AutoFair supported Team Fire while Brothers Before Others served as presenting partners for their law enforcement brethren. Dozens of CHaD patients enjoyed the game courtesy of Eastern Propane & Oil while over 1,400 total fans took in a thunderous fireworks show after the game thanks to Oliver Mechanical, Inc.

“Pinnacle Mortgage has a long history of supporting our community, in particular children’s charities like CHaD, and our First Responders, and we are proud to continue supporting both of those groups through this great event,” said Kurt Strandson, president of Pinnacle Mortgage.

The action on the field was back and forth throughout before Police pulled away in the eighth inning for their fourth straight victory in the series. Garrett Jewell (Merrimack County Department of Corrections) started and earned the win for Police with three scoreless innings. The Police were bookended by a solid relief outing by Cam Blewitt (Claremont Police Department), closing out the final innings. Dylan Bissonnette (New Hampshire Department of Corrections) delivered the key hit – a triple – in the eighth-inning rally.

Fire made multiple comeback attempts sparked by a pair of big hits from Jabe Felch (Seabrook Fire) and Nick Makris (Manchester Fire). Two additional Manchester Fire players – Rich Racine and Ryan Boudreau – added a clutch hit and a key pitching performance, respectively.

Police now leads the series 7-3.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-HH system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.

About CHaD

As New Hampshire's only full service, comprehensive children's hospital, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same day surgery services are available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Manchester, as well as outpatient pediatric specialties at Wentworth‐Douglass Hospital, Dover and in Exeter. Primary care is available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and Bennington, VT. For more information about CHaD, please visit www.chadkids.org or contact us at (603) 650‐KIDS or chad.community.relations@hitchcock.org.