The 2016 Pirates Charities CARE-a-van, presented by Highmark, was on the road from December 7-9, taking part in private community events leading up to the 27th PirateFest, presented by Chick-fil-A.
The CARE-a-van visited a total of 19 events impacting 11 cities in the greater Pittsburgh area, including stops in Altoona, PA -- home of the Pirates Double-A affiliate the Altoona Curve -- and Morgantown, WV -- home of the Pirates Single-A affiliate the West Virginia Black Bears.
Pirates players taking part in the 2016 Pirates Charities CARE-a-van included Josh Bell, Chris Bostick, Lisalverto Bonilla, Steven Brault, David Freese, Tyler Glasnow, Drew Hutchison, John Jaso, Nick Kingham, Juan Nicasio, Felipe Rivero, Chris Stewart and Jameson Taillon. In addition to the players, Pirates coaches Heberto Andrade, Kimera Bartee, Jeff Branson, Joey Cora and Euclides Rojas took part in the event.
The three-day CARE-a-van featured three separate groups of players and coaches traveling to private community action events throughout the region. Pirates personnel and Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pirates, partnered with local non-profits to assist with projects and services, as well as visit with schools and community organizations.
At each visit players, coaches and front office employees donated heir time and talents to help make a difference in each community.
Please check back for information about the 2017 Pirates Charities CARE-a-van.