Pirates Charities Night on AT&T SportsNet raises $700K
Pirates Charities Night on AT&T SportsNet, which took place on July 28 when the Pirates hosted the New York Mets at PNC Park, raised more than $700,000. Proceeds benefited Pirates Charities and the 10 Miracle League organizations supported by Pirates Charities. Nine of those organizations, and facilities, are located in the Greater Pittsburgh region. The other is in the Bradenton-Sarasota area in Florida.
AT&T SportsNet broadcast live from PNC Park's Jim Beam Left Field Lounge and The Riverwalk that night as specially designed Pirates Home Run and Grand Slam backpacks were made available for purchase online, via telephone and in person.
The Home Run backpacks, available in exchange for a $250 donation, included: a Pirates replica bullpen car, Roberto Clemente 3,000th-hit Hat Tip figurine, Pirate Parrot socks, Jolly Roger garden flag, Pirates coloring book and coloring pencils, Pirates two-in-one travel pillow, Pierogy plush doll, Heather Jersey "P" logo cap, Pirates beach blanket, Pirates Charities tumbler, inflatable baseball drink koozie, Roberto Clemente "21" jersey, 2018 Pirates yearbook, Pirates autographed baseball, Pirates alumni autographed baseball, and a voucher for two tickets to a Pirates home game.
The Grand Slam backpacks, available for a $700 donation, included everything that was part of the Home Run backpacks, plus an autographed Pirates jersey from a player of your choosing. Select bags also contained exclusive items such as autographed merchandise, 2019 Pirates season tickets, gift cards, and the opportunity to throw out a first pitch before a 2019 Pirates game.
Earlier that day, AT&T SportsNet was also on hand when the Pirates hosted a Miracle League Fantasy Camp in conjunction with the first-ever regional Miracle League All-Star Game weekend at the Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania at Graham Park in Cranberry. Athletes from all of the Pirates Charities-supported Miracle League programs participated in a weekend of events that culminated with a Miracle League All-Star game on Saturday evening. Robby Incmikoski and Michael McKenry did live reports from Graham Park on AT&T SportsNet during breaks in the Pirates-Mets game.
Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting, Manager Clint Hurdle, coaches Kimera Bartee and Dave Jauss, and pitchers Steven Brault and Joe Musgrove participated in the Miracle League Fantasy Camp. Pirates Charities sponsored the camp in partnership with Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides children with special needs the opportunity to learn baseball fundamentals from professional coaches and players.
The day after Pirates Charities Night on AT&T SportsNet, the Pirates hosted the Miracle League All Stars and their families -- 200 guests in all -- for a pregame picnic and donated tickets for the group to watch the Pirates-Mets Sunday afternoon contest. During pregame festivities, Miracle League All-Stars and league directors were introduced on the field. In addition, representatives from all 10 Miracles Leagues participated in the Kids Take the Field ceremony as the starting lineups were announced.
"We had a blast and all of our kids did too," said Mike Sherry of the Miracle League of Southwestern PA. "Between the auction taking place on Saturday night and the Pirates coming up to the fantasy camp earlier in the day you couldn't have asked for better support from AT&T SportsNet and the Pirates.
"It was a large undertaking, but it all worked out. It epitomized what the Miracle League is all about. Leagues like ours that succeed and have record registration numbers, that only happens because every layer of the community gets involved. From one single volunteer all the way up through the corporate supporters, it's all about having the right layers and the right people involved. We're very blessed."
Shawn McClintock, executive vice president & general manager at AT&T SportsNet, added: "It was a great weekend celebrating the Miracle League and the impact Bob Nutting and Pirates Charities has had over the 10 years of its existence. I'm always caught between amazed, humbled -- yet not surprised -- by the way the kind, generous and big-hearted Pirates fans support Pirates Charities and the projects it impacts in the community."