Rafters Presented with Community Spirit of the Year Award


(Pictured, left to right: Director of Outside Sales and Marketing Darren Besch, General Manager John Fanta, Inside Sales and Operations Manager Jake Serwe)

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.- The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce held its 67th Annual Meeting and Awards Night on Thursday, February 26th at The Ridges Golf Course. Rafters General Manager John Fanta gave the keynote address as part of the evening and described the many ways the Rafters partner with fellow chamber members to give back to the community.

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters were one of eight area businesses to receive an awards at the event. The Rafters were presented with the 2014 Community Spirit of the Year award presented by Marshfield Clinic. State Senator Julie Lassa and Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce President Melissa Reichert presented the Rafters with the award.

“We are very honored to recieve this award. It is a testament to all of our sponsors and fans for the support they have shown us through out first five seasons,” said Fanta.

Rafters all-you-can-eat 9-game packs, season tickets and group tickets are on sale now. To purchase your 9-game pack contact Jake Serwe at the Rafters ticket office by calling 715-424-5400 or emailing


The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit