In early October, a large group from the Pirates that included players, coaches and front office staff collected more than 450,000 pounds of supplies to assist the people of Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Pirates Charities and FedEx Ground later delivered the much-needed supplies to the island and oversaw the distribution of goods.
Back on September 1, Pirates Charities and Chick-fil-A hosted a VIP (Very Important Pirate) party at PNC Park in conjunction with Major League Baseball's Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night. At the event, 25 youngsters undergoing cancer treatments got to shave the heads of Pirates players and coaches as well as members of the front office staff.
The Pirates and Pirates Charities honored the life and legacy of "The Great One" on September 6 with the Roberto Clemente Day of Giving. The initiative included several service projects in the greater Pittsburgh area that involved Pirates players, coaches, alumni and front office executives as well as the Clemente family.
In 2017, PiratesFest featured a venue change, as the winter baseball carnival moved to PNC Park for the first time after a long and successful run at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The event, which was presented by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, took place on Saturday, December 9 and admission was free.