Correction officers from 4 prisons raise $4,500 at charity softball tournament

Staff Reports Posted 13 September 2018 at 3:15 pm

Provided photos: A softball tournament on Wednesday with correction officers from four Western New York prisons raised $4,500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Pictured, from left, include Mike Morosey (Collins), Neal Gruber (Lakeview), Tom Guest (Gowanda) and Kenny Gold (Orleans).

COLLINS – Correction Officers held their second annual charity softball tournament on Wednesday at Marion Fricano Park with officers from Gowanda, Collins, Orleans and Lakeview Correctional Facilities. They participated in the slow-pitch tournament to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Over 100 participants, volunteers and spectators helped raised $4,500 for Make-A-Wish of Western New York, a nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Founded in 1993, the chapter serves children in the 17 counties surrounding the Buffalo and Rochester areas. The local Make-A-Wish has granted the wishes of more than 3,000 children from the community.

“Yesterday was a great day of competition and comradery among our members to help raise money for a wonderful charity in Western New York,” said Joe Miano, Western Region Vice President for New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association. “Far too often we forgot how often correction officers give their time to raise money and volunteer for a variety of charities across New York State. It especially hits home when we are able to raise money to support charities like Make-A-Wish, that make such a difference children’s lives. I’d like to thank everyone who participated yesterday.”

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