2013 Guns and Hoses

The Goodyear Police and Fire Unions have been playing in an annual charity football game since 2006. The 8th Annual Guns vs. Hoses Charity Football game will be held at the Goodyear Spring Training Facility located at 1933 South Ballpark Way in Goodyear. The ballpark is the home of the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, but on November 2, 2013 the ball field will be converted into a football field. This year’s event will have a slight twist to the previous seven years. This year the Goodyear Police and Fire Departments are teaming up to play against the service members of Luke Air Force Base. The money raised from this event will be donated to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) Southwest Valley Specialty & Urgent Care Center and Operation Home Front.

Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across a network of field offices, and has met more than 750,000 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, and with an A rating by the American Philanthropy Institute, 95 percent of all donations to Operation Homefront goes to its programs. For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit www.operationhomefront.net

Since the opening of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Southwest Valley Specialty & Urgent Care Center in March 2013, the expansion and growth of the facility has been rapid. The SWVC opened with 8 divisions working limited sessions. They now have 12 specialty divisions providing clinic services, and will have 16 by the end of the year. Urgent Care has been the area that has shown the needs of the community. PCH had anticipated approximately 5,000 urgent care patients for 2013. As of today – they have seen 6,273 patients since opening (in 6 months). Please consider making a significant gift to this Center to help future growth reach fruition. The new facility is PCH’s largest satellite specialty pediatric clinic and urgent care center. This hospital relies heavily on the generosity of the community. Phoenix Children’s Hospital has touched everyone’s family in one way or another and this is a great opportunity to give back to this great hospital to secure its continued success in the West Valley.

The event will ask for a $5 donation per person or $20 per family at the gate which will go directly to PCH Southwest Valley Specialty & Urgent Care Center and Operation Home Front. Any donation given will be 100% tax deductible as allowed by law through the Goodyear Police Officers Association Charity Foundation. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the number/email listed.

Sincerely,

Detective J. Mattie #1129

2012 Guns Vs Hoses

To Whom It May Concern:

The Goodyear Police and Fire Unions have been playing in an annual charity football game since 2006. The 7th Annual Guns vs. Hoses Charity Football game will be held at the Goodyear Spring Training Facility located at 1933 South Ballpark Way in Goodyear. The ballpark is the home of the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, but on October 27, 2012 the ball field will be converted into a football field. The money raised from this event will be donated to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) to help build the PCH Southwest Valley Specialty & Urgent Care Center.

This year’s event will coincide with Halloween and there will be aSafe Halloween Bash going on along with the football game. We are offering a safe fun alternative to Halloween for families in the West Valley. The event will include fireworks, live music, pumpkin and face painting, trick or treating, bounce houses, children’s games and clowns.

Currently, construction of the Southwest Valley Specialty & Urgent Care Center is in its early stages. Please consider making a significant gift to this Center to help see this project reaches fruition. The new facility will be PCH’s largest satellite specialty pediatric clinic and urgent care center. This hospital is a nonprofit hospital that relies heavily on the generosity of the community. Phoenix Children’s Hospital has touched everyone’s family in one way or another and this is a great opportunity to give back to this great hospital to secure its success in the West Valley.

The event will ask for a $5 donation per person or $20 per family at the gate which will go directly to the building of the PCH Southwest Valley Specialty & Urgent Care Center.
Any donation given will be 100% tax deductible as allowed by law through the Goodyear Police Officers Association Charity Foundation. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the number/email listed.

Sincerely,

Officer Jason Mattie #1129
Goodyear Police Department
jmattie@goodyearaz.gov
623-606-8224

Goodyear Guns Vs Hoses

A letter from the Director of the Guns Vs Hoses Charity Event

The Goodyear Police and Fire Unions have been playing in an annual charity football game since 2006. The 6th Annual Guns vs. Hoses Charity Football game will be held at the Desert Edge High School Football Field.  The game is going to be played on November 5, 2011 at 6:30pm.  The money raised from this event will be donated to help two great causes.

First Cause

Jared Clifford is a Goodyear Fire Fighter who is one of the nicest men I have ever meet.  Jared and his wife had their first child on July 28, 2011 and she was born with some problems.  Below is the story about their daughter Ryan and her story.  The police and fire members are going to do everything they can to help Jared and his family financially through this tough time in their lives.

Ryan Lynn Clifford blessed us all with her presence on July 28, 2011.  Ryan was born with a chromosome 2 disorder that was detected in March through the ultrasound.  At the time, they discovered the spina bifida and the heart condition, but knew little on the extent of each.  Chromosome 2 is so rare, that only 25 cases have been reported, all ranging in symptoms and severity.  Since Ryan’s birth, she has had surgery to repair the damaged skin, a shunt placed in her brian, and shunt placed in her brian, and a shunt placed in her heart to open her pulmonary artery.  She has over come each obstancle she has been handee and each time bringing about a new miracle and exceeding every expectation that doctors had. Click here to access Ryan’s Blog.

Second Cause

Buckeye Officer Tirado was killed May 1 during a gunbattle in Phoenix, where he and fellow Officer Christopher Paz were working off duty as security. Paz was critically wounded and has been recovering at home. The shooter was killed.

Tirado will be inducted into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington next May during National Police Week. The memorial is a monument to federal, state and local police officers who have died in the line of duty.

Each year during National Police Week, the names of officers who were killed the previous year are engraved onto one of the walls of the memorial, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the non-profit organization that maintains the memorial.

The Police Department plans to send Tirado’s wife, Ana, two children, and other family members to the nation’s capital to participate in the induction ceremony and weeklong events, where they can see counselors and meet others who have lost a loved one and support each other, Driscol said.

The department also will send Paz and his family to the events to help with their recovery, as well as officers who knew Tirado to serve as escorts for his family to ensure all their needs are met during the trip.

The department needs to raise at least $30,000 to send the families to Washington and cover event costs.

In the last five years, with the help of many great sponsors, the Goodyear Police and Fire Unions have been able to raise and donate over $18,000 to remarkable public safety families across the valley. Any donation given will be 100% tax deductible as allowed by law through the United Goodyear Firefighters Charities #61-1519478. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the number/email listed.

Hope to see you there!