Cannon Ballers’ festival of trees to benefit local families, charities

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers haven’t had a chance to play baseball in their new stadium after the season was canceled because of the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped the team from hosting events.

In addition to serving up fresh food daily from the ballpark’s restaurant, the Kinetic Club, the team has hosted community events such the Oktober Fall Festival and the Field of Honor for Veterans Day.

Now, for the holiday season, the organization is set to host Trees of Hope from Dec. 11-13. During the three-day event, dozens of Christmas trees decorated by families, businesses and community organizations will be on display at Atrium Health Ballpark.

Each tree will represent a different local charity and attendees can make a contribution to their favorite trees.

Here’s how it will work: Admission costs $10 per person and includes 5 tickets valued at $1 each, which can be used to make a contribution.

Admission is free for children 12 and younger with a toy donation for the the Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA’s Empty Stocking Fund. Toy donations will be collected at the event.

At the end of the event, the trees will be donated to families in need.

To help control park capacity, timed-entry tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Face masks or coverings that cover the nose and mouth are also required.

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