DAVENPORT, Iowa - Furthering the traditions of giving back to the local community and honoring the United States military, the Quad Cities River Bandits and Main Street Baseball have donated $5,000 to the Davenport American Legion. River Bandits owner Dave Heller presented a check for the full amount to Post 26 Monday evening during the post's member meeting. The donation will be used by the Legion for building repairs and roof improvements.
The grant continues the River Bandits dedication to honoring and helping those who have served our country. The Bandits currently provide ticket discounts - sometimes as low as $1 a ticket - to current and former military members, honor military and civilian personnel by giving them four free tickets to sit in the Lane Evans Patriot Seats during each home game, host the patriotic Red, White and Boom celebration every July 3 and work with military programs, such as Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, to raise money for the organizations that serve, protect and honor our service men and women.
"We at the River Bandits appreciate more than words can express the selfless dedication of all of the men and women who have proudly worn our nation's uniform," said Heller. "We are delighted to make this grant to fund the necessary building and roof repairs that our local Legion Post required, and even more excited to welcome Quad Cities' veterans, guardsmen, reservists and active duty military to the ballpark all season long. Our great country was built on the strength of our veterans, and we are so grateful for their sacrifices to ensure our freedom."
Post 26 is one of the largest American Legion branches in the state of Iowa and has been chartered since 1920. The American Legion is a national, community-service organization that has served as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization chartered by congress nearly a century ago.
"American Legion Post 26 wants to thank Mr. Dave Heller for his generous donation to Post 26," said Commander Mike Matson. "His kindness will go a long way in helping the American Legion in Davenport help serve our local Veterans."
In 2016, the River Bandits gave over $320,000 in charitable contributions to the Quad Cities community and seek to improve upon that number in 2017. The River Bandits season begins on Thursday, April 6, at 6:35 p.m. against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Modern Woodmen Park. Group packages are available now by calling (563) 324-3000 or visiting riverbandits.com.