softball tournament


The annual Lane Kemper Softball Classic charity tournament attracts more than 600 L.A. City firefighters and 300-400 spectators.

The event is named in honor of Captain Lane Kemper (1952-2006), a man who embodied the true spirit of camaraderie and devoted himself to helping others. As a tribute to him, our firefighters have come together to carry on this long standing tradition, which raises money for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund. Here’s how his friend Firefighter III Jim Stiglich described Lane and the event.

Lane Kemper

“Lane raised countless dollars for the Widows and Orphans Fund over the years but there was always a catch. There always had to be a little friendly fireman competition and a lot of fun in the fundraising process.”

While only firefighters can play, you can still help:

  • Become a sponsor of the event! For more information and sponsorship levels, contact Keith Bandy at
  • Donate auction and raffle items such as event tickets, electronics, getaway packages or collectibles by contacting Valerie Lawrence at (818) 424-5974.

Your generosity helps provide support to firefighters and their families in times of crisis.