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Making a stand, one community at a time

NORTH LIBERTY– When it comes to supporting youth programs, Sam’s Club and Snickers® are making a stand.
The North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) league was selected as one of 25 organizations nationwide to receive a SuperFan concession stand this year. The stand was donated, built and dedicated on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Penn Meadows Park.
The SuperFan Concession Stand program is a joint community relations effort between Sam’s Clubs and Mars North America to support youth organizations in local communities. The concession stands are donated to various groups, built by volunteers, and stocked for the first time with products from Mar’s and Sam’s Club.
Located near the southern four fields, between the Optimist and Legion fields, the small wooden building features two service windows and room for storage. Volunteers from Sam’s Club in Cedar Rapids and Mars North America were on hand to construct the building.
The North Liberty donation marks the 100th stand built as part of the SuperFan Concession Stand program, which started in 2006. It is the fifth stand built in conjunction with the Cedar Rapid’s Sam’s Club.
Kent Vogel, manager at the Cedar Rapids Sam’s Club location, said his organization is big on community involvement.
“That is imperative,” said Vogel. “We have given almost $65,000 back to the community, to organizations like youth clubs and the Salvation Army. Our slogan is to give back to the community that gives us so much. And the community of North Liberty does tons of business with us.”
Vogel said the concession stand program is a hit for non-profit sports clubs like NLYBS.
“We look for organizations with the biggest need, and try to narrow it down,” said Vogel. “This is the fourth concession stand we’ve built in this area since 2009.”