Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, along with Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle and his wife, Karla, in partnership with ROOT SPORTS™ announced the return of the "Wins for Kids" fundraising campaign for 2013. This marks the third season for the program focused on raising funds for Pirates Charities and The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh's Prader-Willi Syndrome Program through donations and pledges made for every Pirates win throughout the season.
Recently, due in part to the success of the "Wins for Kids" program, Pirates Charities presented a $200,000 donation to benefit the Children's Institute's Centers of Excellence. During the 2012 Pirates Caravan, Pirates and Pirates Charities Chairman Bob Nutting was joined by Hurdle, Pirates Charities representatives, ROOT SPORTS representatives and other executives from the organization during a special check ceremony at the The Children's Institute.
This season the Pirates and ROOT SPORTS are encouraging fans to pledge any dollar amount they wish for every Pirates win or make a one-time donation to the Wins for Kids program. All monies raised will benefit Pirates Charities and The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh's Prader-Willi Syndrome Program. To pledge a "per win" donation or to simply support the program with a one-time donation, fans can visit pirates.com/winsforkids. All pledges per win will be collected at the end of the regular season.
New for the 2013 season, dependent on specific dollar amounts pledged, donors will receive one of the following items:
- One-time donation of $25.00 or more - specially designed Clint Hurdle Wins for Kids cap.
- Pledge of $1 for every Pirates' win during the 2013 regular season - Wins for Kids cap plus two (2) tickets to an upcoming Pirates' home game (Monday thru Thursday game).
- Pledge of $5 for every Pirates' win during the 2013 regular season - Wins for Kids cap, two (2) tickets to an upcoming Pirates' home game (Monday thru Thursday game) and an autographed bat from a current Pirates player or coach of your choice.*
*Players/coach selections are dependent upon availability.
Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare, complex generic disorder that affects many parts of the body and the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh is the only hospital-based site in the world offering treatment for this population.