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Crazy Hair, Home Runs and Cheers for Charity

Wednesday night's charity softball game at Emmerich Park kicked off the Buffalo Grove Days festivities.

Wednesday just wasn’t Big Time Blue’s night. The softball team, composed of village officials and Chamber of Commerce members, struggled til the end to fend off the heat of the Red Hot Chili Poppers during their annual contest.

By the seventh inning, the blue team had one run to the Chili Poppers’ 21. By the end of the game, Big Time Blue had picked up a couple more runs. But so had their opponent. 

Still, there were smiles and cheers throughout the night, as the teams played in the name of charity. , helped raise money for Buffalo Grove’s chaplaincy program, which provides counseling services and comfort for those in crisis.

The game drew a crowd of village leaders, volunteers and business representatives who played and watched from the stands. Athletes included village trustees Andy Stein and Steve Trilling, Park District Commissioner Adriane Johnson, Buffalo Grove Days committee member Alan Danenberg and Chamber President Scott Fishkin.

Familiar faces — with unfamiliar headpieces — served as umpires, too. Police Chief Steve Balinski donned a spiky hairstyle that protruded from a sun visor, while Fire Chief Terry Vavra chose a straw hat.

Look for these faces, among others, in the photo gallery above.

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