The Pittsburgh Pirates Community Commitment Program encourages Minor League players to emulate Pirates Hall-of-Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente's legacy of community service.
Since the program was first implemented in 2008, more than 23,500 hours of community service have been performed by players throughout the team's farm system.
Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison and his wife Brittney welcomed more than 150 guests to the inaugural fundraiser for the Harrisons for Hope Foundation, which they established to provide clothing for children of low-income families.
Plenty of Josh's teammates -- including Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow, Jared Hughes, Drew Hutchison, Jameson Taillon, Trevor Williams, Francisco Cervelli and Andrew McCutchen -- were in attendance at the event, which raised more than $130,000.
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle received the Allegheny County Salvation Army's Doing the Most Good Award in recognition of his dedication to community service.
Hurdle is the national spokesperson for the USA Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, an organization he and his wife Karla support through a variety of fundraising efforts. It was because of his extensive work there and his many other community activities that Hurdle was selected for the honor.
The Miracle League of Southwestern PA celebrated the grand opening of a new playground at Graham Park in Cranberry Township and Pirates Charities played a key role in enabling the project to become a reality.
The Pirates Charities "Out of the Park" Playground is fully accessible and features a life-size pirate ship along with swings, spinners and other play fixtures.
The Pirates Charities CARE-a-van, which was presented by Highmark, took place over a three-day period leading up to PirateFest. The annual goodwill tour featured three separate groups traveling to community events throughout the region. At each stop, the contingent of Pirates players, coaches and front office employees donated their time to help make a difference in the community.