Phillies Triple-A Affiliate to Give Away Free Funeral to Lucky Future Dead Fan

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJune 27, 2013

If you are lucky and write a memorable enough essay, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs may just throw you such a grand funeral that you will wish you hadn't died. 

NESN reports the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate thought outside the box for their latest promo, which now features a casket. 

Hooray for the reminder of life, as we are all slowly traipsing toward an inevitable demise. 

The Morning Call has all the details behind a fantastic funeral giveaway at the upcoming "Celebration of Life" night to be held on August 20. 

Celebration of Life night will give a $10,000 funeral—embalming and body removal included—to the fan who writes the best 200-word essay on his or her ideal funeral and attends the Aug. 20th game.


Believe me, bobbleheads were doing just fine. 

The team, along with Reichel Funeral Home, will run the contest from now until July 31, so get your entries in as soon as possible. The only requirements seem to be that you need to be at least 18 and present at the actual game on August 20. 

As for the exact prize, the report states: 

The winner—after rounding third and heading for home—will get a Reichel funeral package that includes a casket, funeral direction, body removal, embalming or cremation, hearse and facility for funeral services, wake or viewing. The Northampton Memorial Co. will throw in a $1,500 headstone and Richmar Florist promises a $300 casket display.

Well, that sounds like a swell prize. I just wish I didn't have to die to receive it. 


As with any minor league giveaway, the prize itself will no doubt garner a great deal of attention for the affiliate. 

However, this particular team seems to have a habit of throwing creative giveaways that also serve to remind their fans of important causes. 

Per the report, the team once hosted a foam finger night to remind fans to get prostate exams, and it also fashioned urinal games at an earlier date to bring awareness to urological health.

It seems fans get life lessons as well as fun baseball entertainment with various IronPigs promotions. 

Congratulations to a future promo winner. We certainly hope you don't have to cash in on that prize until many years from now. 


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