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Otters host 16th annual Jacob’s Village game Thursday

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 6:11 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2021 at 10:03 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Otters held the 16th annual Jacob’s Village game on Thursday evening.

It had to be postponed from last week because of rain.

Baseball fans had the chance to take advantage of all the deals on popcorn and beer, as well as live music, a half-pot raffle and postgame fireworks.

This year, the Otters organization and non-profit officials decided to host their big night during the regular season, rather than the preseason. Event organizers hoped an increased attendance would raise more awareness for the non-profit’s mission.

Jacob’s Village is a non-profit, residential community for adults with disabilities who need assistance with daily living.

Overall, the partnership between the Otters and Jacob’s Village has been an overwhelming success.

This annual game has raised over $200,000 over the past 15 years.

“To have a crowd like this is just fantastic for our residents, and the community that serves the residents of Jacob’s Village,” Michele Current, executive director of Jacob’s Village said. “Year after year, we get to bring the residents here, and they get to have one-on-one’s with the Otters’ players, and it just means a lot to our residents.”

“We’ve had a longtime partnership with Jacob’s Village, trying to help them fulfill their mission in the Evansville community,” Preston Leinenbach, the director of communications with the Evansville Otters said. “Help them have their residents come out and enjoy an Otters game. The relationship between our players, and the Evansville community, and Jacob’s Village is a special bond. The players obviously do a great job of really connecting with them and really putting smiles on their faces.”

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