For the second consecutive year, Doraville city employees’ softball team, the Free Birds, challenged the Dunwoody city employee team, the Dunwoody Force, to a benefit ball game October 20, at Honeysuckle Park.

A fund-raising raffle drawing was held at the game for a Big Green Egg® grill package (valued at $900) and gift card prizes.

All proceeds from the raffle will go to I Will Survive, Inc., 5879 New Peachtree Road, a local non-profit agency for breast cancer survivors operated by military veteran Anisa Palmer. Palmer, who did two deployments in Iraq for the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, created the agency in memory of her mother, who lost a battle with cancer at age 38, and to help others struggling with the disease.

The agency’s work is divided into three major components: surviving financial assistance; surviving educational awareness; and health and wellness survivorship. For more information about this worthwhile charity, visit their website at All donations are tax deductible.

Last year, the competition between the two teams, led by Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman and Dunwoody Mayor Dennis Shortal, raised $3,000 for I Will Survive. Doraville won the game 18-5. This year, $3,200+ was raised in the raffle and Doraville was victorious once again, winning the game 17-7.

In addition to Big Green Egg, other sponsors for the event included The Brass Tap Draft Beer Bar, Wild Wing Café and Coaxum’s Seafood Restaurant.

Photos from the event are below:
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