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Published On: April 22nd, 2019

Willmar, Minn – The Willmar Stingers and the Dan Baker Foundation have announced the date for the 3rd Annual First Responders Appreciation Night. On Saturday, June 15 as the Stingers host the La Crosse Loggers at 7:05 PM for a night dedicated to the men and women who serve the residents of Willmar and West Central Minnesota. The night will not only recognize these individuals and their families for their commitment and time served in their communities, it will double as an event to promote awareness of addiction and provide support for those who need and are seeking treatment.

First Responders and Fire Fighters and their families around West Central Minnesota will receive complimentary tickets, food and be treated to a post-game fireworks show courtesy of Dave & Mary Baker and the Dan Baker Foundation. A pre-game ceremony will take place honoring individuals within the first responders’ community and booths will be set up on the concourse area promoting addiction awareness and support.

The mission of the Dan Baker Foundation is to provide strength and support to persons, families and organizations fighting addiction. As communities in and around West Central Minnesota see an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths, the Dan Baker Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives for individuals and families that have been affected as well as provide support for all first responder agencies.  

“The Dan Baker Foundation is grateful to partner with the Stingers again and recognize the men and women who serve Willmar and all of West Central Minnesota,” said Al Baker the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Dan Baker Foundation. “The Stingers and Bill Taunton Stadium provide a fun, family atmosphere to share our mission of addiction awareness while giving back to our community,” added Baker. 

For more information or to reserve tickets for your department please click here or contact Marc Jerzak at the Stingers office at 320-222-2010 or visit

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