The 11th Annual CHaD “Battle of the Badges” hockey showdown between police officers and firefighters from across New Hampshire was played Sunday at Manchester’s SNHU Arena before an enthusiastic crowd of 5,950.
Team Police won the game but the big winners were the families served by the programs and facilities provided by Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. This year’s event raised $286,000 with the 11-year total fundraising eclipsing $2.31 Million dollars.
Players raise at least $1,500 in order to participate in the game by selling sponsorships, tickets and obtaining donations. The all-time leading fundraiser is Mike Dore of the Nashua P.D. and Team Police. Mike raised over $25,000 in 2017 and has compiled over $120,000 in this nine years playing the game.
This year’s top fundraiser was Claremont’s Michael Snide of Team Fire with over $23,000. Snide’s mother died of cancer last October but before she did requested that all donations made in her honor go to Michael’s fundraising efforts for CHaD.
Players are paired with Chad Buddies who are CHaD patients. Buddies give the players a tangible connection to CHaD getting to know those who benefit from the monies raised. Players and their Buddies often raise funds together hosting various events.
Money raised benefits numerous programs including Molly’s Place, a family-oriented space at CHaD providing a library, online and community-based resources for families. Molly’s Place also has a play area for youngsters to use before, in-between and after appointments. Also benefiting from the proceeds is the Child Life program that makes trips to the hospital easier for the patients, providing support plus toys, games, movies and more to give them something to focus on while at the hospital. Funds also go to support injury protection which includes bicycle and seatbelt safety programs and awareness.
A first this year for the CHaD event, a father and son playing on the same squad. Tom Nault of the Concord Fire Department and his son Nick of the Goffstown Fire Department got to share some ice time.
For those of you keeping score, with Team Police winning, 9-5, Sunday, Police leads the series seven wins to three. In 2013, the game featured an East vs. West format.