It was a beautiful afternoon…the weather was great, sun shining and a slight breeze found its way through the park every so often. I thought I was arriving at the park early to help Fiesta’s event manager extraordinaire, Denise Koch, put Fiesta flyers in all the cup holders at Regions Park. I should have known better. Denise had been hard at work since early that morning on Fiesta Night with Los Barons and had everything under control. I “did” manage to wrestle a small stack of the flyers away from her and finish up one section so she could take a break.
Fiesta and the Birmingham Barons partnered for a second year to bring a Latin flair to the ballpark this past August. Our thanks go out to the wonderful people at the Birmingham Barons, in particular, John Cook, Director of Sales, and Don Leo, Corporate Sales Manager, with the Corporate Partnerships Department, for all they did to make our time there so enjoyable.
Once again, we had students from Samford University’s Latin American Studies participate in the parade of Latin American flags. We even had a few sponsors get into the act which thrilled us! Our sponsors from BB&T and Regions Bank both grabbed flags and made their way around the infield with the students and Fiesta board members. It was such a beautiful sight!
Next, Don Leo introduced Fiesta and a short video of last year’s event was shown on the big screen. The video was produced by board member Orlando Rosa with La Jefa Radio Station. Ever the perfectionist, Orlando mentioned later that he wasn’t completely happy with the video but the rest of us LOVED it! It definitely got the crowd going and gave them a taste of what to expect on October 3rd!
Mike Suco, one of Fiesta’s founding board members was on hand with his son Mikey, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Mike didn’t miss a beat and never lingered on the pitcher’s mound. He threw out the perfect pitch so fast we almost missed it! Reminded me of the early days of Fiesta when Mike would just get things done! It thrilled us to have Mike and his family with us that night to celebrate and reminisce about Fiesta, especially for some of the newer board members and sponsors who had never met him but heard a few of us talk about him with such admiration over the years.
As always, we had the opportunity to talk to interested people attending the Barons game about Fiesta and encourage them to get advance tickets to the event. Ronald McDonald came by to represent our Title Sponsor, McDonalds, and had pictures made with kids young and old. I always love it when adults want their picture made with Ronald! I had mine made with him last year!
Don’t forget…Fiesta is Saturday, October 3rd from noon to 8 p.m. in downtown Linn Park! Meanwhile, here are a few more pics from our night with Los Barons!