The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities, in conjunction with ROOT SPORTS, are pleased to announce the seventh annual "Pirates Charities on ROOT SPORTS Auction" raised a record of more than $600,000.
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.
"We thank our great fans for showing their support for another successful and record breaking auction," said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. "Thanks to their generosity, we together will be making a meaningful difference in the lives of our returning veterans. We also thank our partner ROOT SPORTS for their remarkable generosity and effort on behalf of our returning service men and women."
The auction took place on Tuesday, June 10 as ROOT SPORTS broadcasted this year's on-air auction during the evening's game live from the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club inside PNC Park. During the event, the Pirates sold out of the 3,000 available Pirates Charities/ROOT SPORTS VIP and VIP-PLUS Bags that included 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 and more. The VIP-PLUS Bags also included an authentic Pirates home white or black alternate game jersey autographed by their favorite player.
Fans also had the opportunity to bid online on the Pirates autographed, game-worn black jerseys with the specially designed digital camouflage lettering and numbering from the Tuesday evening's Military Appreciation Night. The online auction took place from Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. through Wednesday at 5 p.m. and the Pirates jerseys together raised nearly $50,000.
In addition, all proceeds from the in-park Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle were donated to this very important fundraising effort.
It is the mission of Wounded Warrior Project to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Their vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. Wounded Warrior project's purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
Each year, Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., an independent, nonprofit agency, serves more than 2,200 Veterans and their families, makes 6,400 referrals for essential services, and operates one of the nation's most effective homeless Veteran employment programs that place Veterans in meaningful jobs. Veterans Leadership Program is the largest provider of subsidized transitional- and permanent- housing to Veterans and their families in Western Pennsylvania.
Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA) is a 100% volunteer Pittsburgh-based non-profit that builds and sustains the morale and well-being of the military community, past and present, with the assurance that the American public supports and appreciates their selfless service and daily sacrifices. Having served over 136,000 deployed military members, OTA provides supplemental tactical supplies, nutritional supplements, food and other items troops can only get from home. In 2014, OTA launched "Welcome Home", a program that provides beds, household necessities and other items to help veterans in need transition to civilian life.