LANSING, Mich., Sept. 12, 2023 — State Reps. Alabas Farhat (D-Dearborn) and Tom Kunse (R-Clare) have together organized an official Michigan House of Representatives charity softball game. The bipartisan event will take place at scenic Jackson Field, home of the Lansing Lugnuts, down the street from the state Capitol.

“For our democracy to survive, we need people who have diverse ideas and general disagreements to be able to exist in common spaces,” Farhat said. “At a macro level, that’s what we’re hoping to do. And on a micro level, we’re hoping to have some fun and  raise some money for a good charity.”

“This is not about Republicans vs. Democrats,” Kunse said. “It’s a unique opportunity for public servants from across the state and across the aisle to enjoy a spirited softball game and unite in our shared commitment to making a positive impact on our communities.”

Admittance to the game is free, so families, friends and community members can cheer on their elected representatives. Additionally, concessions will be open, adding to the festive atmosphere and ensuring an enjoyable evening for all.

“My goal is to establish an annual tradition of bipartisan sportsmanship while giving back to various charitable causes in Lansing,” Kunse said. “I hope this game is the first of many.”

The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Jackson Field, 505 E. Michigan Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the game will begin at 7:30 p.m. This year’s charity is the City Rescue Mission of Lansing, which provides food, shelter, home goods and clothing throughout the community.