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Help keep Legion baseball affordable

By Signal Staff

With anticipated increased numbers, the Geneva American Legion baseball program will expand to  Senior and Junior Legion teams in 2019.  With this expansion, Geneva American Legion commander Marty Seward knows there will be increased costs.  Seward was instrumental in getting Cornerstone Bank to help sponsor the Senior Legion Cornerstone Sharks.  Now, to work on the Junior Legion, too.
The major fund-raiser for the local baseball program will take place on Saturday, December 29, at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds.
"With the two teams, we will be talking a $5,000-plus budget for the program," Seward said.  "We are able to keep the cost at $50 per player by having a successful fund-raiser.  I want to keep the costs down to the parents because I know they're hit up with fund-raising all the time.  We want all the kids to be able to play if they want to."
The main feature of the December 29 fund-raiser is a Fat Penny Tournament.  Seward hopes to have 30 teams play this year.  But, there are many other ways to support the local baseball program—eating a meal at the Fairgrounds or having an adult beverage from the bar, which is sponsored by longtime military supporter Steve Ozenbaugh and manned by the Geneva Sons of the American Legion.  On-site food will be prepared by Brian Steinacher with Smokin' Jokers' BBQ. The Notre Dame/Clemson and Alabama/Oklahoma football games will also be on TVs throughout Ag/Exhibition Hall.
"If anything, just come out and watch football with us," Seward said.  "This is our major fund-raiser to sponsor these teams. Come watch the tournament, play, eat, support our ball program."
Doors open at 1 p.m., on Saturday, December 29.  The tournament is slated to begin at 3 p.m.  Seward said the cash bar will be up right away and there will be a free-will offering for the meal.  Contact Seward at 402-759-1200 for information on this event.
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