Skydiver jumps into Coca Cola Park; Funeral given away

Published: Aug 20 2013 10:21:43 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 21 2013 07:14:41 AM EDT
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs delivered on a combination of special events that we can pretty safely say have never been seen together at one baseball game.

First a skydiver parachuted into Coca-Cola Park before the fist pitch.

The jump served as a preview of the inaugural Lehigh Valley Airshow being held this weekend at Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Then during the game, the IronPigs announced the winner of the first-ever "funeral giveaway" contest.

Freemansburg resident Steve Paul won the prize: a free funeral package from Reichel Funeral Home in Northampton. The package includes a free headstone from Northampton Memorial Company and a casket floral spray from Richmar Florist.

The 64-year-old man suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and wrote a letter explaining why he wanted the prize.

According to IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes: ""This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one of our fans and Reichel Funeral Home is providing a great service by assisting a family with these necessities."

It's valued at more than $10,000 and is the most valuable prize awarded in IronPigs history.