Blackhawks Alumni and friends plan Charity Softball Classic

The Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association plans the fifth annual Blackhawks Alumni & Friends Charity Softball Classic presented by BMO Harris Bank.

It will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m., at Saint Xavier University’s Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field. Gates open at Noon.

The event benefits the Chicago Firefighters’ EMWQ Retirees’, Widows’ and Children’s Assistance Fund and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

Admission is free. Families will enjoy food, non-alcoholic beverages, an inflatable play-area and games for children, raffles and autographs from players. Miss Illinois 2012 Megan Ervin will sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Special Units from the Chicago Police and Fire Departments are scheduled to participate and variety of antique fire and police equipment will be on display.

“The Blackhawks Alumni are excited to organize this event for our fifth year. As former members of the Chicago Blackhawks, we love Chicago and have the utmost respect for the Chicago Police and Fire Departments. We are honored to be able to help their families,” said Jack O’Callahan, Blackhawk Alumni and gold-medalist with the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team. “We are particularly fortunate to have so many great sponsors and especially appreciative of the continued generosity of our presenting sponsor BMO Harris. It’s a great free, family event, and we look forward to everyone coming out to enjoy the day!”

Chicago Blackhawks current players and alumni will “face-off” in a 16-inch softball game with members of the Chicago police and the fire departments. The event also features the annual fire vs. police citywide 16-inch Softball Championship. The event marks the third year BMO Harris has served as a presenting sponsor. Other major sponsors include NBC 5 Chicago, Ferrara Candy Company, CME Group and Saint Xavier University.

“BMO Harris Bank is proud to return as the event’s presenting sponsor, which celebrates a number of charities that benefit Chicago’s first responders and their families,” said Chris McComish, of BMO Harris Bank. “Together, our support of the Chicago police and fire department charities reinforces that their loved ones will never be forgotten, that we honor their service, and that we stand together in support of their families.”

“The Blackhawk Alumni have given back to the community in so many ways,” remarked Lt. Anthony Martin, president of the EMWQ Fund. “Their generosity to the families of Chicago Fire Department, particularly our neediest widows and children, is deeply appreciated.”

“It is extraordinary that the Blackhawks alumni have found a great way to give back to Chicago,” said Phil Cline, executive cirector of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. “I want to thank them on behalf of the families of the Chicago Police Department for their generosity and for organizing this fun, family event.”

The “puck drops” at the new location, the Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field at Saint Xavier University, which is home to SXU’s defending NAIA Football Champions. The field is in Chicago’s Mt. Greenwood Community, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Mark your calendars and plan to join in this premier event on Sept. 16. For more information, visit: