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BANDITS TO CELEBRATE LIFE'S MAJOR MILESTONES
05/04/2010 4:33 PM ET
The River Bandits' Circle of Life, a first-of-its-kind promotion in Minor League Baseball, has been finalized. The Bandits will celebrate four of life's major milestones during the team's May 7-10 homestand. The promotion begins on May 7 with a newborn package giveaway for expecting mothers, followed by the awarding of the Keith Lucier Scholarship, the announcement of the winner of an all-inclusive Bandit wedding and concluding with the give-away of free funeral services from Weerts Funeral Home.

"We want our fans to know that from cradle to grave, the Bandits have you covered," said team owner Dave Heller. "The Circle of Life weekend is our way of sharing the joys and sorrows of life with our fans and creating life-long memories of life's major milestones in one memorable weekend."

Festivities for the extended weekend will kick off on Friday, May 7 and run through Monday, May 10. A celebration of life will open up the weekend with Maternity Night. Accent Photographics will provide maternity and new born baby picture sessions for an expecting mother. The lucky mom-to-be will also receive a valuable gift package from Women's Choice Center, including a free crib, stroller and car seat, along with lots and lots of various supplies to help new moms care for a newborn.

On Saturday, May 8, the River Bandits will announce the recipient of the 2010 Keith Lucier Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship reflects the inauguration of the Bandit Scholars program, founded by Bandits' owners Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt, and is funded by fan donations and fund-raising efforts by the River Bandits. The winning high school senior receives a one-year scholarship to the University of Iowa. It is named in honor of the late Keith Lucier, River Bandits Assistant General Manager in 2008 and former employee of the Quad-City Times, who passed away last April.

One lucky couple will be announced as the winners of the 2010 Bandit Wedding on Sunday, May 9. The couple will receive dozens of wedding-related prizes to make their special day one to remember for the rest of their lives. The wedding tuxedos and a bridal gown courtesy of Hope's Bridal. Clazzy Designs is providing linens and centerpieces, the wedding cake comes from Sweet-Perfections, the invitations are supplied by Create-A-Party, and Luxury Limousine provides the limo service. In addition, Accent Photographics will handle the photography on the wedding day, Marske Music Productions will DJ the reception and Davenport Academy a Paul Mitchell Partner School, will handle the hair styling duties. The wedding ceremony will take place on the field before the game on Friday, August 20 with the reception to follow on the suite level and sky deck.

The Circle-of-Life promotion closes out with the funeral giveaway on Monday, May 10. Weerts Funeral Home of Davenport has agreed to provide full funeral services valued at nearly $6,000. As part of the agreement, Weerts will provide complete services including necessary vehicles, staff and facility usage for a local visitation, funeral and committal service. Fans will be able to enter into a drawing for the funeral giveaway on the concourse at Modern Woodmen Park all weekend. The drawing will take place as part of a ceremony during the game on Monday.

"Few things are more All-American than a baseball game," said Weerts Funeral Home owner David Deuth after hosting a Centennial Open House on May 2nd. "We're fortunate to have a great local team in our River Bandits, and one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country right here in the Quad Cities. We're very honored to commemorate our Centennial by participating in the River Bandits' Circle of Life promotion."

"We can't thank our partners enough for their contributions to this great promotion," said River Bandits General Manager Kirk Goodman. "This promotion will create lots of memories for our fans, especially the winners, and the entire promotion wouldn't be possible without the generosity and commitment of our sponsors to make this one of our most memorable weekends in our team's history."

Tickets are still available for all four games. To become a part of the excitement get your tickets now by calling or stopping by the Modern Woodmen Park box office at 563-3-BANDIT or online at RiverBandits.com.

UP NEXT: Though baseball season has bloomed, Modern Woodmen Park provides a great special events venue while the River Bandits are on the road during the 2010 season. It's not too late to purchase season ticket and mini-plan packages - including the brand new Super Seven Plan - right now by calling (563) 3-BANDIT or visiting RiverBandits.com.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The Quad Cities River Bandits open the 2010 season by unveiling their brand new state-of-the-art field, which not only looks fantastic but should also minimize the number of rainouts this year. The team set a new post-renovation mark for single-season attendance in 2009, as 236,401 fans passed through the turnstiles for an average of 3,694 fans per game. Both figures marked the highest since 1995, while the average attendance was the third highest in franchise history and the total attendance was the fifth highest all-time. The total attendance was up 14 percent over the 2008 season, continuing a 59 percent attendance increase since Main St. Iowa purchased the franchise following the 2007 season. Ticket sales, concessions, merchandise sales, sponsorships and even Kids' Zone revenues were all up over 2008, which was one of the team's best in history! Season and group ticket deposits for 2010 are currently being accepted.



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