(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) The Lexington Legends are inviting non-profit organizations to participate in their Community Organization of the Night program during the 2014 season.
The Community Organization program offers non-profits a variety of opportunities to publicize their work at Whitaker Bank Ballpark and on Legends radio broadcasts during each of the Legends' 70 home games. Hundreds of organizations throughout central and eastern Kentucky have participated.
"Community involvement has been important to the Legends since day one," said Legends' President/COO Andy Shea. "Our Community Organization of the Night program allows us to put the spotlight on the great work being done by many organizations throughout Kentucky, and we're very happy to help get their message out."
Organizations may set up a display on the concourse, where they can greet fans and distribute information. Before the game, a representative of each Community Organization of the Night is interviewed on the public address system. The representative also is a guest on the radio broadcast for a half-inning during the game. Each organization receives four complimentary tickets to their game.
Solicitation is not permitted, but there is a fund-raising element in the program. To maximize exposure and to boost fund-raising, organizations that reserve their night for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday game will purchase a minimum of 50 Legends fundraiser tickets at four dollars each. Fundraiser tickets may then be sold by the organization for up to the regular face value of 10 dollars, allowing the organization to raise up to six dollars per ticket sold.
"Also, the more tickets sold, the more supporters each organization will have at the game," said Sarah Bosso, the Legends director of community relations and special events. "It's fun for everyone involved, and it's always for a great cause."
Game dates will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (859) 422-7855.
The Legends, a class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, will open the 2014 season at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Thursday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m. against the West Virginia Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. More information is available at lexingtonlegends.com.
The Lexington Legends were named South Atlantic League Community Organization of the Year for 2013.
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