Date: June 23, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 819-0397

Autographed Tim McGraw Guitar to be Auctioned at Public Safety Night Event

The Lakeland Tigers organization, sponsored in part by Riverside National Bank, is hosting "Public Safety Night" at Joker Marchant Stadium in an effort to raise funds for the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial expansion project. As part of the fund-raising effort, an autographed guitar by country musician Tim McGraw - obtained by WONN/WPCV 97.5 Radio - will be up for auction during the event. 

This year's event will be bigger than ever. On Saturday, June 26, 2004, the day will begin at 8 a.m. with a softball tournament, including amateur teams from law enforcement and public safety agencies. The tournament will end in a championship game at 5 p.m., after which the festivities will begin. An awards ceremony to the softball winners, and special presentations from Riverside Bank and the Lakeland Tigers to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, will start at 6 p.m. Then the first pitch of the Lakeland Tigers vs. Tampa Yankees game, at 7 p.m., will be tossed by Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Arndt, the Polk County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2003.

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., safety equipment from local public safety agencies will be on display in the parking lot. Raffles and a silent auction (featuring the Tim McGraw guitar) will also take place, with proceeds going to the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial expansion project. After the Lakeland Tigers game, Riverside Bank will choose 3 lucky raffle ticket winners to participate in a "Splash for Cash", prior to an exciting fireworks display.

Tickets for the event cost $4.00, for admission to the softball tournament and subsequent baseball game. Advance tickets only will be accepted for admission. Proceeds from all ticket sales will go to the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial expansion project. Tickets are being sold at local Riverside National Bank branch offices, and by members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office and other local agencies. Call 287-3344 or 287-1762 for more information. Media representative are encouraged to highlight and attend this event. Photo opportunities and interviews will be made available.


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