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Press release: New York Mets FDNY vs. NYPD Battle of the Badges increases attendance and donations in second year

Aug 30, 2023

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 28, 2023 – The New York Mets hosted its second annual FDNY vs. NYPD Battle of the Badges charity baseball game, presented by Your Local Ford Stores, at Citi Field on Thursday, August 17.

The Mets raised a record gross contribution of $140,000, marking a 40 percent increase from last year, going to UFA NYC Widows and Children’s Fund, NY Firefighters Burn Center Foundation, PBA Widows and Children's Fund, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and South Fork United Inc. Additionally, Ford donated $10,000 to both FDNY and NYPD for their local charities.

Former Mets Captain and seven-time All-Star David Wright returned to New York to host the game. In front of a record crowd of 7,314, FDNY defeated NYPD, 7-4 to give New York’s Bravest a 13-12 advantage over New York’s Finest in the historic battle.

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 28, 2023