The 21st Annual Guns N Hoses event is right around the corner on Saturday, April 27 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Amateur boxers – both men and women – go head-to-head in the ring while helping to raise money for the FOP Foundation and local charities. Police and firefighters will “Fight for a Better Community,” and for the coveted title.

“Guns N Hoses has risen over $1.8 million for charities since our inception in 1999,” said David Stevens, chair of the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation. “What an incredible honor it has been to see the impact this event has made in the community and how much fun people have coming out to our event each year.”

The event’s entertainment begins with a street party starting at 3:30 p.m. () will perform/DJ. There will be Jack Daniels booths, fun zones, food trucks, family-friendly activities and more.

Doors open to the arena at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Celebrity judges of the night include (???). Club seats are $55, reserved seats are $40 and general admission is $15.

The Fraternal Order of Police will also be hosting a poker tournament on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at BestBet Jacksonville on 201 Monument Road. Event registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and is limited to the first 100 people. The first prize winner will receive an official Guns N’ Hoses Championship Belt, plus cash. For more information, contact Matt Clements at (904) 509-4424 or (904) 398-7010.

Tickets for Guns N Hoses are currently on sale at or at the FOP office at 5530 Beach Boulevard. Sponsors include Arlington Toyota, the Leb Family, Southern Coast Roofing, Budweiser, Jack Daniels, North Florida Sales and more. Sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Thomas Waarum at 904-759-2102.

About Guns N’ Hoses

Jacksonville’s Guns N’ Hoses event is put on by the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation and is their largest fundraiser of the year. It is the one time of the year the city’s first responders become rivals vying for the title and bragging rights for the year. The firefighters and police officers are all amateur boxers who began training for the fights in January. The matches consist of three one-minute rounds. Fighters will be in full pads and safety equipment. The winner receives the coveted title trophy. For more information, visit