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2013 Pirates Charities Winter CARE-a-van

The 2013 Pirates Charities CARE-a-van, presented by Highmark, visited 15 cities over three days to make a significant impact in surrounding Pittsburgh communities. The community tour began on Wednesday, December 11 and culminated with the 2013 PirateFest, the Pirates-themed indoor baseball carnival at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center that took place on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15.

The 2013 Pirates CARE-a-van took part in more than 25 community events over three days as three busses consisting of players, coaches and broadcasters left PNC Park on Wednesday, December 11 and returned on Friday, December 13. The CARE-a-van particpated in community events with area non-profits and schools throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

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 organizations in and around the greater Pittsburgh area. Players, coaches, broadcasters and front office employees donated their time and talents to help make a difference in each community visited.


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Pirates Charities Winter CARE-a-van complete schedule

Group 1

Featuring Josh Harrison, Jeff Locke, Tony Sanchez, Tony Watson, Rick Sofield and Greg Brown.

Date Location Time Event Details
Wed., Dec. 11 Greensburg, PA 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Operation Santa Clause Grocery packing event; Beverly's Birthday's cheer basket deliveries
Wed., Dec. 11 Latrobe, PA 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Salvation Army's Lighthouse Lunch Program
Wed., Dec. 11 Johnstown, PA 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. "Project Bundle Up" shopping event
Thu., Dec. 12 Altoona, PA 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, meet and greet with American service veterans
Thu., Dec. 12 Indiana, PA 1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. "Teddy Bear Fund" drive at the Indiana Regional Medical Center
Thu., Dec. 12 Pittsburgh 7 p.m. "Night of Remembrance" at the Highmark Caring Place
Fri., Dec. 13 Pittsburgh 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Children's Institute holiday party and "Wins for Kids" check presentation

Group 2

Featuring Charlie Morton, Gaby Sanchez, Jose Tabata, Justin Wilson, Euclides Rojas and Tim Neverett.

Date Location Time Event Details
Wed., Dec. 11 Uniontown, PA 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. "Adopt a Library" event at Hutchinson Elementary School
Wed., Dec. 11 Morgantown, WV 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Community Kitchen at Trinity Church
Wed., Dec. 11 Pittsburgh 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank event
Thu., Dec. 12 Wheeling, WV 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "Shop with a Cop" in partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police
Thu., Dec. 12 Beaver Falls, PA 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Presents for Patients in partnership with St. Barnabas Charities at Smith Personal Care Home
Fri., Dec. 13 Pittsburgh 10 a.m. - 12 noon Pressley Ridge holiday party in partnership with Aramark

Group 3

Featuring Jaff Decker, Jared Hughes, Andrew McCutchen, Bryan Morris, Jeff Banister and Steve Blass.

Date Location Time Event Details
Wed., Dec. 11 Butler, PA 9 a.m. - 11: a.m. "Walk for Warmth" in partnership with the Butler County United Way
Wed., Dec. 11 New Castle, PA 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. “Adopt the 4th Grade” George Washington Intermediate School visit
Wed., Dec. 11 Youngstown, OH 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. "Adopt an Art Class" with the Butler Institute of American Art
Thu., Dec. 12 Erie, PA 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Saint Vincent Hospital visit
Thu., Dec. 12 Franklin, PA 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Salvation Army Toy Drive at the Cranberry Mall, Twin Creeks Head Start visit
Thu., Dec. 12 Pittsburgh 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. "Adopt a Family" in partnership with the Salvation Army
Fri., Dec. 13 Pittsburgh 10:30 a.m. Habitat for Humanity rehab project