CUMMING, Ga. — Mayor Troy Brumbalow is passionate about many thing. On Sept. 26, he got to combine two of his biggest loves: softball and supporting our community’s first responders.
In partnership with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, School System and County government, Mayor Brumbalow presented the first Back the Blue Softball Tournament, which is planned to be held annually. During this free community event, the five entities battled each other through several rounds of softball all to raise money for B.A.D.G.E. of Forsyth, a non-profit that provides support to employees of Forsyth County’s service organizations.
The event got started with opening ceremonies featuring the Sheriff & Fire Department Honor Guard, as well as an opening pitch by Cumming’s “honorary mayor,” 11-year-old Charlie Westbrook. Several rounds of play were held, and when the dust settled the City of Cumming and Forsyth County Schools teams battled it out for top honors during the championship game. The mayor’s team was the ultimate victor in the final round, and the City of Cumming will get to keep the coveted Back the Blue trophy until next year’s tournament.
While the mayor’s team won this year’s trophy, the ultimate Back the Blue winner was B.A.D.G.E. of Forsyth. Thanks to generous donations from many businesses and individuals, the Back the Blue event was able to raise $60,000 for the organization, which has a mission of “giving back to employees of the Forsyth County Service Organizations that serve and protect us. To restore confidence, hope and peace of mind through financial and other support when unforeseen or unwelcome circumstances enter their lives.”
Sponsors included: Beltan Properties; Dwell Design Studio, LLC; Vertical Earth, Inc; Engineering 303, LLC; Lamar Wakefield; Civil Engineering Consultants, Inc; Banks, Stubbs & McFarland, LLP; Beaver Toyota; Lance Jefferys/Crumbl Cookies; My Mercedes Place, Inc; A&L Quick Stop; Rhoads Group, Inc; Bryan Properties; Reid & Reid; Lanier Tire & Wheel; Foresite Group; Billy Howell Ford; Forsyth County Commissioner Molly Cooper; and B&B Awards, which donated the tournament trophy and plaques.
The City of Cumming would like to thank all the sponsors of Back the Blue, as well as all the tournament team members and everyone who came out to cheer on their favorite teams!