The holidays are here and for the second year in a row, the Savannah Bananas are teaming up with the Junior League of Savannah to give thanks for the gifts of community fellowship — but with a little bit of baseball, turkey and 100 cans of cranberry sauce.
It is a Savannah Bananas game after all.
The second annual Fansgiving Game will take place at Grayson Stadium on Friday and along with the Junior League of Savannah, will be featuring fan-friendly activities to go along with the baseball being played.
"The Junior League of Savannah is thankful for our continued partnership with the Savannah Bananas," wrote Junior League of Savannah (JLS) president Jackie Schott in an email. "We are excited and grateful to be the featured non-profit organization for the second annual Fansgiving Game.
"We are really excited for Fansgiving," said Bananas Vice President Barry Aldridge via email.
"The Fansgiving Game is already sold out and fans with tickets can expect a hilarious, competitive, fun-filled evening of baseball, entertainment, and light-hearted fun."
Both teams featured in the game will be made up of former Bananas players, amateurs and collegiate players.
It wouldn’t be a Savannah Bananas affair without a few unexpected additions to the festivities. Along with the game between the Bananas and the Pilgrims (it is Thanksgiving after all), there will be an opportunity for a fan to win 100 cans of cranberry sauce. For the first 104 fans to enter the stadium, there will be a chance to dig for a hidden turkey in the outfield.
The turkey isn’t to eat though, it’s the key to a fully catered Thanksgiving meal.
With everything taking place, from pandemics to elections, a nice night out just might be what the doctor ordered.
"This will be a much-needed, safe night out for our fans," said Aldridge. "We are still adhering to all the same safety regulations that we used this summer, including limited capacity, temperature checks, masks, and social-distancing."
The Junior League of Savannah, a local non-profit that encourages volunteerism throughout the community, will also be selling 50/50 raffle tickets and holiday coupon books. A portion of the ticket sale proceeds will benefit the Junior League of Savannah.
"The Bananas will be generously donating a portion of the ticket sales from the game to JLS as well," wrote Schott.
The game can also be streamed online via the Bananas website and a subscription to Banana Insiders.
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