LONDON — Throw some pitches this weekend to benefit the pitchers in Madison County. Sending some public figures plunging into a cold, water-filled dunk tank is an added bonus.
All for a good cause, of course.
Organizers of the London Rib & Jazz Fest — slated to take place in downtown London from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6 — have announced the line-up for the annual Dunk-A-Dignitary fundraiser.
This year’s proceeds will benefit the London Area Baseball Council, a youth baseball and T-ball organization for kids ages 4 to 15.
Pitchers can Dunk-A-Dignitary and support LABC for $1 a ball, $3 for 5 balls, or $5 for 10 balls.
The tank will be located in front of the former Huntington Bank.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, Aug. 5
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Dr. Lou Kramer, superintendent of London City Schools
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Donovan Cooper, London police officer
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Tim Coudret, London High School teacher
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Andrea Chaffin, Madison Press/Plain City Advocate editor
8:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Patrick Closser, London mayor
Saturday, Aug. 6
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Trint Hatt, London City council member
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Bryan Dhume, Madison County engineer
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Nick Adkins, assistant prosecuting attorney
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Bob Patterson, owner of CK Signs
8:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Michael Combs, London police officer
LABC was formed in 1968 as a joint organization combining the Madison Babe Ruth League, London Little League and the minor league program at St. Patrick’s, according to the council’s history.
Sonny Wheeler was the organization’s first chairman. The league opened it ballpark, Burr-Wheeler Field on Toland Street, with $2,700 in seed money earned running a dining hall at the Madison County Fair.
LABC consists of five divisions; T-Ball; Davidson (8U); Hunter (10U); O’Connell (12U); and Renick (15U). During their adolescent years, LABC provides encouragement, teamwork and dedication. Participants in the league learn the sound fundamentals of baseball and grow as an individual.
“The most important value that is taught to the players is to have fun,” a spokesperson said.
This year the league has about 330 participants.
Elections for the LABC board are held annually every September. Those interested can contact LABC at 740-604-0975 or Donovan Cooper 740-506-1815 for an application.