Battle of the Badges is more than just fun bouts of boxing that pits officer against officer or firefighter against firefighter. This first-time outing is about raising awareness and money for the fight against autism.

In addition to five different matches, Battle of the Badges also features a silent auction and some pretty great bucket raffle prizes as well.

Paula Huck from Wells Brothers is helping Mount Pleasant police Officer James Kelley and his wife, Lisa, collect and organize all the donations piling up in MPPD offices.

“The people of Mount Pleasant, Racine, Kenosha and the surrounding areas have been so generous,” she said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help a great cause and get yourself some fantastic gifts!”

The Kelleys have a son with autism so their connection to the mission of the Battle is personal.

“I’m having a good time (helping),” Huck added. “But all the credit goes to Officer Kelly and his wife, Lisa. They have put so much into this.”

Doors open for the event at 5 p.m. at the gym at Case High School, 7345 Washington Avenue. The bell rings for the first bout at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Admission is free for kids age 14 and younger.

For advanced tickets, call Officer Kelley at (262) 945-7001.

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