'Take me out to the ball game...take me out to the grave'

"Take me out to the ball game...take me out to the grave..."

The Syracuse Chiefs are using an unusual promotion to lure in baseball fans. The Chiefs will host a "celebration of Life Night" next month, giving one lucky fan a free funeral.

The Chiefs are partnering with Farone & Sons Funeral Home to provide one fan with the free funeral. The event will be held on Wednesday, August 13 as the team takes on the Charlotte Knights at 7 p.m.

Here's more information about the promotion from the Chiefs:

To register to win, fans have until Friday, August 8th to submit an essay of 200 words or less describing how they celebrate their life and what makes their life unique. Three finalists will be selected from all entries and the winner will be revealed during the eighth inning of the August 13th game. All three finalists will be recognized during the pregame and watch the game from a luxury suite.

The author of the winning essay will be the recipient of a package of funeral essentials, including a casket, professional services of a funeral director and staff, body removal and preparation, use of the facilities for viewing (visitation/wake), the funeral ceremony, memorial/graveside services, and a vehicle to transfer remains to the funeral home along with a hearse for cemetery transfer. This package is valued at $7,500.

In addition to the funeral essentials provided by Farone & Son, Sweet-Woods Memorial Co. will offer $750 towards the purchase of any marker or monument valued at $750 or more. This certificate does not include fees charged by cemeteries or other vendors. Additionally, Westcott Florist will provide a casket spray of flowers, valued at $350.

Fans interested in participating in the "Celebration of Life" can submit their essays in one of two ways. Essays can be submitted to or by mail to:

Attn: Celebration of Life

NBT Bank Stadium

1 Tex Simone Drive

Syracuse, NY 13208

You must include your name, phone number and address, in all entries. Fans must be 18 years of age or older to register.