“Battle for the Blue” event at Icehouse Amphitheater honors law enforcement community and raised fun
Invest USA donates bulletproof vest to Lexington Police Department
Lexington, SC (James Bowers) - Lexington residents got to enjoy some good food and live music at the Icehouse Amphitheater Saturday during the “Battle for the Blue.” The event featured several local musicians in a battle of the bands with proceeds going to Invest USA. This organization works to ensure public safety personnel have adequate safety protection such as active shooter vests.
Invest USA founder Michael Letts was on hand to present one of these active shooter vests to the Lexington Police Department. Letts created Invest USA in 1993 after learning that 25% of America’s police officers did not have active shooter vests for response to dangerous incidents,and 40% of those that did had vests that fit improperly. In the 25 years since its founding, Invest USA has expanded nationwide, with several fundraising events held throughout the year in the state of South Carolina.
Also present were some officers from Richland County Sheriff’s Department, who are gaining international fame being featured on A&E Network’s popular Live PD series.
The drizzly weather didn’t dampen the spirits of event goers as they watched performances from musicians such as Eric Florence, Sweet Tea and the 803, Center Lane, Blyss, and Michael Smith. Some great barbecue from competition pit master Jimmy Clark was served to hungry attendees. The kids enjoyed a bouncy house and free stickers, and local vendors peddled everything from jewelry to t-shirts. Silent auctions were held throughout the day and a 50/50 drawing also took place.
Battle for the Blue was created by Lexington local Ginger Jones, the owner of My House Professional Cleaning, Decorating and Staging service. Jones wanted to give back to the community, particularly those in public service and thus the Battle for the Blue was born. All proceeds from the event’s entry fee went to Invest USA’s efforts to properly outfit police officers within South Carolina, particularly in the state’s more rural communities. The event also received support from other local businesses such as All-American Heating and Air, Galena Automotive Group, JC Rodeo and Co., the Dean Law Firm (Orangeburg), Tucked Away Treasures, and Bonham Chiropractic Clinic among others. Jones says she hopes to have similar events in the future to give back to those who give so much to the community.
For more information or to make a donation to Invest USA visit investusa.org.