A honey of a way to fundraise
With high school spring sports being shut down this past season, and American Legion baseball also not being held, coaches Keven Larson and J.D. Pesch did everything they could to get the players on the field.
It wasn't easy, however. They organized a summer club baseball team and even a fall team that played in South Dakota. But they had to rely on donations and/or the players' families to purchase uniforms and equipment.
The baseball team, as well as other sports, relies heavily on fundraising efforts to keep the program afloat. But because of the pandemic, many of those fundraisers had to be put on hold.
"We have not had any of our normal means to raise funds, such as concession at the games or Baseball Bingo, etc.; all of which are necessary to pay for uniforms, travel, equipment, summer tournament fees and umpires," said Pesch.
To get a jump on fundraising with the hopes of returning to the diamond in the spring, the coaches have partnered with Pesch's son, Charlie, owner and operator of Big Dipper Bee Company in Minneota. Charlie Pesch has offered his products as a fundraiser for the baseball program.
Fifty percent of gross sales from Big Dipper products will go to the baseball program. All of the Big Dipper products at raw honey and wax made from local bee hives.
Baseball players will be selling the honey with the three top sellers earning prizes. First place is a personalized wood practice bat custom-made to the player's size preference. Second place is four tickets to a Twins game of your choice during the 2021 season. Third place is an item of choice from the baseball spring clothing order.
The honey products make a great Christmas gift. For those interested in order, contact one of the baseball players or email email@example.com. Deadline to order is Dec. 14, 2020.
The Big Dipper products available are:
3-oz. squeeze pouches
1 lb. squeeze bottle or one-quart Mason jar
Comb Honey (directly from the hive with raw honey in it)
Gift Box #1 - Includes raw honey, creamed honey, squeeze pouch and beeswax lip balm in a holiday box, $25.
Gift Box #2 - Includes honey comb, creamed honey, 2 squeeze pouches and beeswax lip balm in a holiday box, $30.