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N.Y. Phil challenges town of Vail in softball

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – For the third year, the New York Philharmonic will exchange instruments for gloves when it challenges the Vail Police Department in the 2010 Jerome Ashby Memorial Softball Game at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the west ball field at Ford Park. The community is invited to attend the game and encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items to kick-off the 10th annual “Make a Difference Day” food drive coordinated by the Vail Police Department.

The friendly game will pit representatives of Vail police, fire and emergency services departments against New York Philharmonic musicians. The orchestra, which initiated the softball challenge two years ago, is in Vail for its eighth annual residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival through July 30 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

Donations of food items will be collected during the game for pantries throughout Eagle County in partnership with the Salvation Army, Bright Future Foundation and Food Rescue Express. Non-perishable items such as canned goods, rice, beans, pasta, cereal and juices are needed. Cash donations or checks made out to “TOV Make a Difference Day” are also appreciated.

The food drive will continue through Oct. 24 for “Make a Difference Day,” the nation’s largest day of volunteering sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation. For information about the food drive, contact Gonzales at 970-479-2208 or e-mail mgonzales@vailgov.com.