Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole and his wife Amy hosted their Uncork for a Cause charity event at Sienna Mercato in Downtown Pittsburgh on June 11 to help raise awareness and funding for the work of Pirates Charities and The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.
Many of Gerrit's teammates joined him and other event supporters, enjoying an enticing culinary menu prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Porco, a beer and wine bar, plus an auction that was packed with Pirates memorabilia, local and national sports items, wine lots from California's elite producers, plus travel opportunities to wine country.
The evening also served as the release party for Cole's 2014 Sonoma Reserve Red Wine. Only two barrels of this limited-edition blend were bottled for his charity program.
"It was a beautiful night in a beautiful setting and everyone had a really good time," Cole said. "The best part was that we were able to raise money for Pirates Charities and The Children's Institute to help them continue the great work they do. We raised more than $17,000 and money is still coming in from people who were unable to attend.
"Amy and I appreciate everything that everybody did to support the event. We know it's important to give back to the community, and we will continue to do so."
Pirates Charities is committed to strengthening the community by supporting organizations and programs aimed at improving the lives of children and adults in the greater Pittsburgh region. It places a special emphasis on supporting youth programs that focus on health, fitness and education by developing partnerships with those who share in that mission. In addition to helping youth, Pirates Charities provides assistance to military families and veterans, and offers support to those in the community who are fighting cancer.
Established in 1902, The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, young people and their families by providing a specialized continuum of services. Its pediatric rehabilitation programs are nationally-recognized. The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh is the only accredited freestanding pediatric specialty rehabilitation hospital in the region, and one of only five in the country.