Ladies … and gentlemen … are you ready for the 3rd annual Battle of the Badges: The Fight for Autism?
The 2016 battles begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at J.I. Case High School, 7345 Washington Avenue, in Mount Pleasant. Doors open at 3 p.m., and admission is $20 for ages 15 and up. Kids 14 and under are free.
The first two events combined raised nearly $100,000, $28,000 and almost $67,000, respectively, for autism services through Easter Seals. This year, proceeds will also get directed to the annual Shop with a Cop event and Autism Solutions Pieces.
This year’s event features 12 bouts with 24 fighters:
Lisa Panas, Waukesha Sheriff’s Department
JulieAnn Guiste, Knoxville, IL, Fire Departmen
Bryan Schmidt, Racine Sheriff’s Department
Michael Preston, Kenosha Sheriff’s Department
Becky Wittig, Waukesha Sheriff’s Department
Michelle Frank, Racine Fire Department
Shawn Riege, Waukesha Sheriff’s Department
Jason Boissonnault, South Shore Fire Department
Lance Dahl, Kenosha Fire Department
Lenn Walker, Park City Police Department
Julius Barker, Racine Sheriff’s Department
Aaron Bixby, Cudahy Fire Department
Sam Stulo, Racine Police Department
William Dumovich, Waukesha Fire Department
Barbara Teeling, Racine County Corrections
Samantha Tietz, Kenosha County Corrections
David Kless, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department
Bob Renteria, Racine Fire Department
Michelle Leffler, Waukesha Sheriff’s Department
Deanna Migacz, Kenosha Fire Department
Jodi Nelson, Madison Police Department
Donna O’Brien, Round Lake Park Police Department
Bout 12: Main Event
Joseph Bialkowski, Racine Police Department
Johnathon Scifres, Kenosha Sheriff’s Department
This is the third year Mount Pleasant police Officer James Kelley and his wife, Lisa – plus a veritable army of volunteers – have put on the Battle of the Badges. Kelley’s friendship and trash-talking with MPPD Sgt. Jason Vaccaro led to the first event when a fellow officer said he’d put his money where Kelley’s and Vaccaro’s mouths were. Ten officers and firefighters from Racine County agencies participated in 2014, but that number swelled in 2015 to 24 fighters in 12 bouts; two of which featured women.
In addition to the fights, attendees will also have the opportunity to take chances on a bucket raffle and silent auction featuring hundreds of donations from local businesses, organizations and individuals.