A really nice twist – the Bandits who will not take a dime from you are partnering with United Way who want to sell you a 50/50 draw ticket.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON.  April 22, 2013.   The Burlington Bandits, members of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) that has been around since 1909,  have teamed up with the United Way as  an official partner for the 2013 season.  When you put the word official on anything you know that someone is serious and they want your attention.

The United Way will be found at all 21 home games this season conducting 50/50 draws, giveaways and other contests throughout the 2013 season “The Burlington Bandits are proud to be able to team up with United Way and give back to the community” said Bandits President Scott Robinson. “We feel this partnership is not only good for the team but also the community.” The United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton is extremely excited to partner with the IBL Burlington Bandits for the upcoming 2013 season. “This partnership demonstrates the Bandits are committed to making change happen in the Burlington community.”, said Brian Ferguson, Chair, 2013 Burlington United Way Campaign. “This is a small example of the new initiatives and energy the Burlington Cabinet plan to bring to this year’s campaign.”

Those are the “official statements.  The real skinny on this is that Len Lifchus, chief cheese over at the United Way – a man who can find himself short 90 big ones and still manage to somehow deliver on the United Way promise.

The Bandits, known as the Twins in their first two years of IBL play in Burlington before being bought and renamed by Scott Robinson during the off-season, open their 42-game 2013 schedule in Guelph on Saturday, May 4.

The home opener will be played Saturday, May 11 at Nelson Park at 2 p.m. against the London Majors. You won’t miss Len – but more to the point Len won’t miss you.  A ‘bon vivant” if there ever was one.

Great move on the part of the bandits and a great place for the United Way to take all your loose change from you.

Burlington’s Town Crier, Dave Vollick will be on hand to get the afternoon started.  There is word that Lifchus kind of likes the costume the Crier wears – but he is apparently going to settle for a Bandits jersey.

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