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The Columbia College Athletic Department will host a Salute to Security Day on Saturday, Jan. 24. All fire, police and military members are invited to attend Cougar and City of Columbia Fire vs. Police Department basketball games and festivities for free.
The Salute to Security Day begins with a 12:30 p.m. basketball game between the Columbia Fire and Columbia Police departments; a year's worth of bragging rights are at stake. At 2 p.m., the Lady Cougars tip off, followed by a men's game at 4 p.m. For the general public, donations of household goods for the local Ronald McDonald House will be accepted in lieu of admission to the Fire vs. Police and Lady Cougars game. Items needed include paper towels, Ziploc sandwich bags, paper bowls, 4-gallon trash bags, 40-watt vanity bulbs, travel size toothpaste, single-wrapped toothbrushes, liquid laundry detergent and daily shower cleaner. Cash donations for the Ronald McDonald House also will be accepted during the first two games.
About 50 soldiers, sailors and airmen from Columbia College's Fort Leonard Wood campus will travel to Columbia via a limousine bus to enjoy the afternoon basketball games.
Ryan McDannold, assistant director of athletics in charge of operations and development, said he organized the event to show the college's appreciation for the community's security forces.
"Our police, fire and military members do so much for us, sacrificing their lives to ensure our security. This event is designed to honor those sacrifices," he said. "We're looking forward to spending the day entertaining the security members and hope the community will come out and show their support, too."
For more information about Salute to Security Day, contact McDannold at (573) 875-7419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.