Come celebrate with us on Saturday, July 25, 2020 for First Responders Appreciation Day. Go the distance and help us show our appreciation for our Nation’s first responders the only way we know how – through the power of family, fun and baseball! Gates open at noon, and be sure to bring your lawn chairs and sunscreen for a day of fun!
The Field of Dreams Movie Site is proud to hold this fundraiser event benefiting the Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, and the New York Police Department Widows and Children’s Fund.
There will be a three-part skills competition to start the day in which three contestants will compete to advance to the Field of Dreams Movie Site trivia round! The three finalists will have to put their knowledge of the Field of Dreams to the test to win two complimentary tickets to the Chicago White Sox game Wednesday, August 12 at Guaranteed Rate Field! Be sure and save your seat for the baseball game at 4:00pm between the New York and Chicago Police Departments. Stick around after the game for a taste of local music from Dubuque, Iowa group The Elizabeth Mary Band at 6:30PM followed by a live performance by country music star Jake Dodds at 8PM! This magical day will end the way it should… with a showing of the movie in the outfield!
Jake grew up listening to country music, tuning into the Grand Ole Opry and watching The Statler Brothers Show on TNN with his grandparents every Saturday night. Growing up in the 90s, Jake got hooked on Garth Brooks tv specials and country radio listening to Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw and Tracy Byrd. Jake always dreamed of being a country music singer, but it was karaoke at local bars that led Jake to start a band in 2013. Fast forward to 2020, and this small-town country boy’s dream has become a reality! Jake has been on the road playing hundreds of shows the last several years, opening for 27 national acts along the way like Dustin Lynch, Brett Young, Granger Smith, Kane Brown, Scotty Mccreery, Chase Bryant, Neal McCoy and Clay Walker.
Jake, a big baseball fan himself, can’t wait to play under the lights on the Field that inspires hundreds of thousands and give back to our Nation’s first responders. Jake and his band will be perform in right field at 8:00PM.
Born with a love for music, this Dubuque, IA native was destined for the stage and is a great example of why never to abandon your dreams! At the age of 22, fresh out of college, Elizabeth landed her first big shot as the lead singer for local band, Zero 2 Sixty, an eight-year stint. This local artist is a rising star and launched her debut EP album, “Dance With The Fear” in 2018. With her passion for music and zest for life, whether playing solo or with a full band, Elizabeth will leave an impression on your heart. The Elizabeth Mary Band will take the stage at 6:30PM.
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago police officers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
The New York Police Widows and Children’s Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”) provides aid and assistance to widows, widowers and eligible dependents of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Emergency response entities in Dubuque County have collaborated since 1999 to develop the Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility. This facility enables firefighters, law enforcement officers, and EMS workers to train under real-life emergency situations while doing so in a safe and controlled environment. In addition to serving emergency responders, the facility is made available to community business and industry partners for training opportunities. The facility also serves as a location where the public may be educated in emergency preparedness and basic safety.