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People compete to win an all expense paid funeral

By Mason White 4:45 PM August 25, 2013
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By: Ryan Lee Hall
We’ve heard of promotions where people can win an all expense paid vacation, but competing for a paid funeral, that is definitely new.

A minor league baseball club held a promotion where a “lucky” fan can win a free funeral package.

Minor league clubs are known for promotions, which allow fans to win tickets and other things. Now, the IronPigs club came up with a unique and attention grabbing promotion, which was mostly geared towards their older fans, a free funeral!

“It’s one of our best out-of-the-box promotions, or perhaps I should say that this is one of our best “in-the-box promotions,” IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes joked.

Fans had to submit a 200 word essay describing their ideal funeral and explain why they deserve a free all expense paid funeral.
Over 50 people submitted essays.

The essay contest winner was announced during the sixth inning. Steve Paul, 64, who was recently diagnosed with ALS, won the funeral package. The package includes a casket, embalming or cremation, hearse, headstone, flowers and a funeral or memorial service, which was valued at nearly $10,000. A nearby funeral home is the sponsor.

In his essay Paul wrote: “The disease is racing. As my family must watch my strength, energy and life quickly drain from my body, no one is prepared emotionally or financially for the loss or to prepare a final memorial.”
He also wrote that he wants his funeral to be a happy occasion and a celebration of life. “My funeral should not be morbid or sad, but rather a gathering to celebrate life and family, who I dearly love.”