14th annual Battle of the Badges helps kickoff Celebrate CSUB! open house

March 28, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield is partnering with the Bakersfield Police Activities League to host the 14th annual Battle of the Badges on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Icardo Center. The Battle helps the campus kickoff its second annual Celebrate CSUB! university-wide open house to be held the following day.

This first-time collaboration between PAL and CSUB showcases law enforcement and correctional officers trading punches for charity. PAL wanted to move the event to a bigger venue and felt CSUB was a perfect fit.

"It's entertaining, but the bottom line is we need to do as much as we can for PAL," said Bob Barton, co-chair for Battle of Badges fundraiser. "We have a boxing program, after school activities, a full-time tutoring program, basketball league, soccer, girl social development activities, arts and crafts. We are totally funded by donations, grants and fundraisers. We need community support for all we do."

Barton stresses the importance of PAL. "We want to meet these kids on the front end," he said. "My kids in our programs would be running the streets if it weren't for PAL."

Tickets for Battle of the Badges can be purchased at the PAL Center at 301 E. Fourth St., the police station at 1601 Truxtun Ave., Raymond's Trophies at 300 Chester Ave. and Mr. Tuxedo at 2409 Brundage Lane. Ringside reserved seating is $40, general admission, $20, students with ID, $10. For details, call (661) 283-8880.

For additional information about Celebrate CSUB!, please log onto www.csub.edu/celebrate, the site is updated as events are added, or call (661) 654-2175.