Kenosha, Wis. – Friday was Cancer Awareness Night at historic Simmons Field sponsored by Lee Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electric. The Kingfish used numerous avenues to raise money on the evening including raffles, auctions, and special merchandise sales. The grand total, donated to the United 4 a Cure Foundation, came out to $6,129.
The United 4 a Cure Foundation began operation in 1988, with the mission of donating every dollar raised to cancer research. The organization has raised more than $1.5 million this year alone and is poised to add to the total. The Kingfish are proud to have welcomed such a group to fundraise at yesterday’s game.
The largest proceeds of the evening came from the jersey auction held throughout the game. Players wore pink Kenosha Twins jerseys for the night’s contest, in honor of the city’s former single-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Those uniforms were then auctioned off to fans with all profits going to United 4 a Cure. Other forms of fundraising came from sales of Kenosha Twins hats, Kenosha Twins programs, auctioned game-used bats, and an auctioned team-autographed pink base. Pink ribbons were also manufactured and sold by Lettering Machine. The business generously donated their time and materials to sell the ribbons, with all proceeds once again going to United 4 a Cure.
The evening was a success not only from a fundraising standpoint, but on the field as well. The Kingfish, playing as the Kenosha Twins for Friday’s affair, scored a 2014 NWL-high 21 runs. The team was nothing short of dominant in every facet, defeating the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 21-4.
The Kingfish have two games remaining on the current home stand, as they welcome the Madison Mallards to town. The pivotal South Division matchups will begin at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday and 5:05 p.m. on Sunday. Post-game fireworks sponsored by Miller Lite can be seen after tonight’s affair.