A news anchor wanted to send someone special to the World Series this year, and he found the perfect fan after stumbling across the story of a WWII veteran who dreamed of watching it from the stands.
Marcus Lemonis, host of the CNBC show “The Profit” had front-row tickets to the World Series. Lemonis wanted to give his seats to someone who absolutely deserved to attend.
He posed the question to Twitter, asking for “one amazing fan.”
The next day, Lemonis saw a story about 97-year-old WWII veteran Jim Schlegel. Schlegel was at Wrigley Field during the 1945 World Series and watched the Cubs lose in Game 7 to the Detroit Tigers.
According to WLS-TV, Schlegel’s granddaughter started a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy him a ticket to the 2016 World Series. Tickets cost upwards of $20,000, a steep increase from the $7.50 it cost in 1945 for a box seat.
When Lemonis saw the story, he immediately knew who he was going to send to the game.
“This man is so deserving,” Lemonis wrote on Twitter. “We’ve connected and he’s going with my two tix first row Friday. Enjoy Jim, bring us a win!!!”
“I appreciate your generosity and hope we bring in a winner!” Schlegel said in a video, thanking Lemonis for his gift.
The GoFundMe originally set up by Schlegel’s granddaughter raised over $12,000. According to an update on the page, all proceeds will now be donated to the Purple Heart Foundation, which supports veterans.