Minor league baseball team celebrates life by giving away a free funeral

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, June 28, 2013

Rather than giving away the traditional bobble heads, T-shirts and baseball caps, fans of one minor league team will have the opportunity to win something a bit less orthodox – a free funeral.

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Philadelphia Phillies’ AAA affiliate, is holding a contest as part of its August 20 “Celebration of Life,” where one lucky winner can get their future funeral completely paid for by the team and sponsor Reichel Funeral Home.

Included in the $10,000 package is “a casket, professional services of a funeral director and staff, body removal, embalming and cremation, hearse and facility for funeral services, wake or viewing.” A local tombstone company, Northampton Memorial Company, will also provide a complementary headstone valued at $1,500 and a local florist will provide $300 worth of flowers.

Fans can qualify for the contest by writing a 200-word essay on his or her ideal funeral and then attend the team’s August 20 game against the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Railriders, an affiliate of the New York Yankees.

“The best fans in minor league baseball deserve the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime giveaway,” IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes said in a press release. “Unquestionably, this is the most highly coveted ‘out-of-the-box’ promotion in IronPigs history.”

Earlier this year, the team installed urinal video games in the men’s bathrooms so that guys attending the game won’t miss a minute of the action.

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