Opening Day is only a month away, and Lexington Legends fans showed Saturday that they are ready for a new baseball season.
Despite the cold, rainy weather, several hundred fans turned out at Whitaker Bank Ballpark for the Legends’ annual Fan Fest. Games and a variety of free food were offered, and the Legends teamed up with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise funds in the fight against children’s cancer.
“The enthusiasm for this new season and our new sponsors has been very exciting,” Alan Stein said. “As long as this winter has been, we are all in the mood for baseball.”
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since the first St. Baldrick’s event in 2000, five principles have directed the Foundation in its quest to Conquer Kids’ Cancer: integrity, efficiency, transparency, pioneering spirit, and sense of fun. This foundation was a perfect fit for the Lexington Legends.
Nine Lexington people had their heads shaved in a show of support for children undergoing cancer treatment, and more than $2,000 was raised for St. Baldrick’s. Hair stylists from Bak 4 More Studio were at the ballpark to donate their services and a monetary amount to assist the Foundation.
“Fan Fest is a lot of fun, and it’s another important date as we get ready for a new season,” said Legends General Manager Andy Shea. “It was great to see the fans at the ballpark. We were also very pleased to work with St. Baldrick’s, and happy to help out such a worthy cause.”