It will be a celebration of Tomah baseball Saturday, March 3 when Tomah Baseball Club conducts its “Opening Night” baseball dinner at the Tomah Recreation Park.

The social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by the dinner and raffles at 7 p.m.

“It’s the number-one fundraiser for American Legion and youth baseball,” said Tomah Baseball Club president Jason Stephenson.

The late Ken Larsen, who ran Tomah American Legion baseball as coach and general manager for 30 years, launched the fundraiser for Legion baseball 15 years ago. This marks the first year as a combined fundraiser for youth baseball and Legion.

Larsen died in 2016, and Stephenson said Larsen left a profound impact on Tomah baseball.

“Kenny did so much for the program,” Stephenson said. “Now that he has passed, we want to keep his legacy going.”

Tickets are $60 and include a ribeye steak dinner, three drink tickets, a one-in-10 chance of winning a major prize and a Tomah Baseball Club can cooler. The top raffle prize is a Matthew’s Triax bow package.

Stephenson said money raised from the event will fund equipment upgrades and unanticipated travel costs when a team advances deep into a tournament.

He said baseball in Tomah at all levels is on the upswing.

“The programs are turning around, and we want to keep the kids involved,” he said. “The kids are signing up and staying in it. This will allow us to provide better opportunities for the kids.”

Tomah High School baseball coach Ryan Brookman is looking forward to the event.

“We think this will be a great event to help kick off the baseball season for all ages,” Brookman said. “Our hope is this event will serve as an exciting way to share the start of baseball for all baseball fans.”

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Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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