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Home  |  News  |  BATTLE OF THE BADGES

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - In three weeks, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington County Fire Service in cooperation with Lexington County School District One will conduct the third annual Battle of the Badges theatrical dinner and charity basketball game at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 at Gilbert High School, 840 Main Street, Gilbert. All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Make-A-Wish Foundation will use proceeds from the Battle of the Badges event to help finance the dream of 10-year-old Wyatt Boatwright, a Gilbert Elementary School student who is battling a malignant brain tumor, to visit a Walt Disney theme park.

Deputy Joe Auckerman, who serves as the resident deputy for the Gilbert, Hollow Creek and Summit communities, is leading efforts to organize the Battle of the Badges, Metts said.

Tickets for the event are $8 per person and include a spaghetti dinner, Metts said. The tickets must be purchased in advance.

Citizens can buy tickets for Battle of the Badges at the Gilbert-Summit Fire Station, 103 Main Street, Gilbert, or by calling the Fire Station at (803) 785-3473, Metts said. Tickets also can be purchased at the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington; Gilbert High School, 840 Main Street, Gilbert; Gilbert Middle School, 120 Rikard Circle, Gilbert; and Price’s Country Store, 540 Peach Festival Road, Gilbert.

In addition, citizens can call Auckerman on his cell phone at (803) 518-3073 or contact Auckerman via e-mail at sauckerman@lcsd.sc.gov to buy tickets for the event, Metts said.

The Battle of the Badges will begin with a spaghetti dinner at the Gilbert High cafeteria, Metts said. The Gilbert High Main Street Players will perform a salute to Dr. Seuss during the dinner.

Following dinner, a team of Lexington County sheriff’s deputies will play the basketball game at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 in the Gilbert High gymnasium against a team of Lexington County firefighters, Metts said.

Battle of the Badges reflects the Sheriff’s Department mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County, Metts said.

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