In an effort to promote unity while strengthening the community, Bristol residents Rippy Patton and Steve Bashaw have partnered with the Bristol Police and Fire Departments, EMT’s and local teachers to create a charity event entitled “We Are One.”

On Saturday, Sept 17th, at 6pm, there will be a softball tournament at Casey Field on Lake Avenue. Teams consisting of a mix of the city’s First Responders, teachers, and local leaders will play together, and engage the public to demonstrate community pride and unity in light of the many national issues that are a concern to many.

“There are many people in the community who want to do something positive,” stated Patton, who also serves as 2nd Vice President of the NAACP Bristol Chapter. “This seemed like a good opportunity to bring various groups together.”

“Bristol is a sports town,” stated Bashaw, who serves as a physical education teacher in the Bristol Public School system. “What better way to show unity then by on a field, with players and spectators alike cheering each other on. It’s the ultimate team-building with a community twist to benefit the kids.”

Admission is free, however participants and spectators are being asked to make a free-will donation or donate a book bag or any type of school supplies. Volunteers will be needed as the goal is to “Stuff a Cruiser” with enough supplies to make a significant donation to the United Way of West Central Connecticut’s  Adopt- A- Child Back to School Program.

If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, please send a check to the United Way at 200 Main Street, Bristol, and note “We Are One” on the check.

For additional information, please feel free to email Patton at