CLIFTON PARK (WRGB)- Shenendehowa graduate and pitcher for the World Champion Atlanta Braves, Ian Anderson, was welcomed back home to Clifton Park Saturday, and took the opportunity to meet people and give back to the community.
Anderson organized a meet-and-greet event to sign autographs at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center. The line wrapped around the building out into the parking lot!
He asked everyone to bring a donation of personal care items or non-perishable food items to donate to local service organizations - including CAPTAIN, Wellspring, Jonesville Food Pantry, and the Shen Backpack Program.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to support people in our community who need assistance during this difficult period of time," said Anderson. "I am honored to contribute to the tremendous work performed by many people each day to make our community a great place to live."
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One fan was extra excited to meet Ian Anderson -- his name is also Ian Anderson. He's a 28 year old artist who lives in Melrose, New York. When he found out the baseball star would be home, he painted an acrylic painting of him. He gifted the artwork to Anderson at Saturday's meet-and-greet. And the baseball star got a good chuckle out of learning the two had the same name.