Weather Forecast


Lunkers to give back at Ronald McDonald House

When the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers begin a two-game series with Rochester this weekend, they will be doing more than just playing baseball. 

After the game Sunday, the Lunkers will be serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. They will be serving a baseball-themed dinner of hot dogs, brats, chips and potato salad. 

Jenny Levendoski, sister of Lunkers field manager Ryan Levendoski, will organize the dinner. Jenny gave birth to a baby daughter, Eliza, in September. Eliza was born two months premature and was diagnosed with Down's syndrome. While Eliza received care from St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Jenny was able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House free of charge. 

Now, Eliza is doing great, and Jenny is organizing the event to show her appreciation for the Ronald McDonald House and all they did for her.

“We thought it would be a good idea to bring some players over and make it a baseball event,” Lunkers field manager Ryan Levendoski said in a news release. “We're going to try and bring some life into the Ronald McDonald House and have a good time with those kids and those families.

“We've got a very good group of guys and I think they will have a very good understanding of what they are going to see. They are going to see some things they probably took for granted most of their lives.”

For more information, call (218) 824-3474.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889