The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities announced, in conjunction with ROOT SPORTS, the seventh annual "Pirates Charities on ROOT SPORTS Auction" is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 when the Pirates host the Chicago Cubs at 7:05 p.m.
ROOT SPORTS will broadcast this year's on-air auction during the game live from the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club inside PNC Park. A phone bank-- which will be staffed by Players' wives and Front Office personnel -- will be stationed inside the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club to take live orders for VIP and VIP Plus bags. Last season fans all across the country joined to support the auction that raised more than $400,000.
All proceeds from this year's auction will go to Pirates Charities and three non-profit organizations that assist returning service men and women in Western Pennsylvania. The service organizations benefitting from the 2014 auction are the Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania Inc., and Operation Troop Appreciation.
The Tuesday, June 10 game is also Military Appreciation Night at PNC Park, presented by GovX.com. The Pirates will host members of the military, veterans and their families as more than 10,000 free tickets were distributed to this deserving group in advance of this night. In recognition of Military Appreciation Night, both the Pirates and Cubs will wear the digital camouflage jerseys originally worn on Memorial Day 2014. All Pirates players and coaches will autograph their game-worn camo jersey following the game and these jerseys will be available for auction.
Fans will have the opportunity to bid on the Pirates autographed, game-worn black jerseys with the specially designed digital camouflage lettering and numbering. Bids for the autographed jerseys will be open from 5:30 p.m. June 10 through the close of business on Wednesday, June 11 (5 p.m. ET) at pirates.com/rootsportsauction.
Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase VIP and VIP-PLUS Bags for a donation of $150 and $550 respectively. The Pirates Charities/ROOT SPORTS bags will include a baseball autographed by an individual Pirates player, a baseball autographed by a Pirates World Series hero, an exclusive New Era adjustable "camo P" cap, a ticket voucher good for 2 tickets to for a 2014 Pirates baseball game, and a Pirates t-shirt. Select bags will also randomly include vouchers for a variety of premium items including an Andrew McCutchen autographed jersey and a Neil Walker autographed batting helmet.
In addition, fans can purchase a VIP-PLUS Bag for a $550 donation that includes a regular VIP Bag PLUS an authentic Pirates home white or black alternate game jersey autographed by their favorite player!
The VIP and VIP-PLUS bags can be purchased throughout the night, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in person at the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club (for fans in attendance), online at pirates.com/rootsportsauction or by calling (412) 325-4888, while supplies last.
Also throughout the night, all proceeds from the in-park Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania Inc., and Operation Troop Appreciation.
For complete details on the June 10 auction as well as information on the organizations that will benefit from the night's event, please visit pirates.com/rootsportsauction.
About Pirates Charities
Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on three core areas of youth health, fitness and education. Each year, Pirates Charities and the Pirates partner with more than 3,000 organizations and programs committed to improving the lives of children and adults. Pirates Charities has created successful signature programs including support for Miracle League fields and programs, Fields for Kids, Fantasy Baseball Math, Wins for Kids as well as others supporting those affected by cancer and families and youth in our community. To learn more about Pirates positive impact in the community, visit www.pirates.com/community.
Media requesting additional information can contact Terry Rodgers, Pirates Manager of Business Communications, at (412) 325-4782 or Terry.Rodgers@pirates.com.