Presented by ROOT SPORTS and Pirates Charities
Thank you to all those who donated during Pirates Charities Night on ROOT SPORTS at PNC Park. This even raised money for Pirates Charities and non-profit organizations providing vital support to underserved children in the Pittsburgh region.
Fans had the opportunity to purchase VIP Backpacks for $200 each. Each Backpack includes a baseball autographed by a Pittsburgh Pirates player**, a baseball autographed by a Pirates alumnus***, Pirates baseball tickets****, a specially designed Willie Stargell Bobblehead, an Andrew McCutchen signature cap, a Josh Harrison t-shirt, a Pirates tumbler, a Pirate Parrot plush doll and a Pirates Charities car charger/adaptor. All Pirates merchandise was specially created for the VIP Backpacks and is not available for purchase anywhere else.
*VIP Backpacks should arrive to the buyer by the end of August, 2016.
**Pirates player baseballs autographed by one of the following members of the Pittsburgh Pirates: Arquimedes Caminero, Gerrit Cole, Neftali Feliz, Adam Frazier, David Freese, Tyler Glasnow, Alen Hanson, Josh Harrison, Jared Hughes, John Jaso, Matt Joyce, Erik Kratz, Chad Kuhl, Francisco Liriano, Kyle Lobstein, Jeff Locke, Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen. Mark Melancon, Jordy Mercer, Juan Nicasio, Jon Niese, Gregory Polanco, Sean Rodriguez, A.J. Schugel, Chris Stewart, Jameson Taillon, Ryan Vogelsong, Tony Watson.
***Pirates alumni baseball autographed by one of the following former Pirates players: Steve Blass, John Candelaria, ElRoy Face, Bob Friend, Grant Jackson, Bill Mazeroski, Omar Moreno, Rick Reuschel, Manny Sanguillen, Kent Tekulve.
****Seating in Outfield Grandstand or Upper Bleachers; Monday-Wednesday Pirates home games for the remainder of the 2016 season.
For $600, fans could purchase a VIP PLUS Backpack that includes everything you get with a VIP Backpack, PLUS an authentic Pirates gold Sunday alternate jersey guaranteed to be autographed by one of the following players: Francisco Cervelli, Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, Mark Melancon or Gregory Polanco^^.
^VIP+ Backpacks should arrive to the buyer by the end of September 2016.
^^Jerseys are distributed at random; 100 jerseys are available from each player.
Proceeds from the evening's telecast will benefit Pirates Charities and the following non-profit organizations helping children in our community:
In March of 2011, Beverly's Birthdays founder, Megs Yunn, met a young girl, Beverly, who shared with Ms. Megs that she had never had her own birthday party or even her own slice of birthday cake. Inspired by Beverly's story, Megs decided to start an organization that provides birthday celebrations for homeless children in the Pittsburgh Region.
Through developing five unique programs and partnering with 50+ local shelters and agencies over the past five years, Beverly's Birthdays has provided cheer for over 10,000 children experiencing homelessness and families in-need in the Pittsburgh region.
Through your support of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's backpack program, free and reduce school meal eligible students in Pittsburgh will receive enough kid-friendly, nutritionally balanced and delicious food for two days every weekend.
In its first year of operation, the backpack program reached 1,700 students. With your help the program will continue to expand to reach additional neighborhoods and more students in need.
In addition to providing Emergency Shelter to more than 500 women experiencing intimate partner violence and their children each year, Women's Center & Shelter helps an additional 6,000 women and children annually through a range of programs and services designed to keep them safe.
Over the years, children have become nearly 50 percent of the residents sheltered at WCS. The Children's Program provides a safe, nurturing, culturally responsive environment where mothers can leave their children in the care of Children's Advocates. Upcoming renovations to the Children's Program will allow for a greater variety of activities for children of all ages to play, learn and heal together with enhanced security.