Forget the World Series, and the University of Michigan-Michigan State football game. This week's biggest sporting rivalry will pit Dearborn teachers against firefighters–and no matter what the outcome, it's sure to be a win for both groups' charities.
The Dearborn firefighters hockey team, will play host to a team of educators hitting the ice on behalf of the Dearborn Education Foundation on Oct. 15 at the Field House. Proceeds from the game will be split evenly between the foundation and the Firefighters Burn Drive.
Fireman Mike Mattern, who plays on the team, said it's the first time they've taken on teachers for charity, but he expects it to be an exciting game.
"The game is free, but donations will be accepted," Mattern said.
The game, which begins at 7 p.m., will cap a day of fun and fundraising provided by the Dearborn Fire Department.
and the Fire Safety House will hold an open house from 12-5 p.m. Saturday. The day will include cider and doughnuts, free hot dogs, face painting and the chance for kids to climb on a fire truck. Also, the Dearborn Firefighter Pumpkin Patch will be open all day, and all pumpkins are $5.
It's the perfect chance to raise funds for the burn drive, awareness for fire safety, and interest in that night's game, said Mattern.
"A bunch of us are going to be at the station in our jerseys, promoting the game," he said.
The day marks the end of Fire Safety Week, and the department hopes it will be a big boost to the Firefighters Burn Drive, which helps families in need, as well as local charitable causes.
The pumpkin patch will be open from 12-5 p.m. Oct. 15-16 and 22-23, and is just one of many fall and Halloween-related activities happening this month in Dearborn. Check out our to learn more.
The Dearborn Fire Safety House is located at 19720 Outer Drive.