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2014 Pirates Charities Winter CARE-a-van

The 2014 Pirates Charities CARE-a-van, presented by Highmark, took place from Wednesday, December 10 through Friday, December 12. The 2014 CARE-a-van took part in more than 20 private community events over three days leading up to the PirateFest, presented by T-Mobile.

A total of 11 cities in the greater Pittsburgh were impacted, including stops in Altoona, PA - home of the Pirates Double-A affiliate the Altoona Curve; Butler, Pa.; Youngstown, Ohio and Wheeling, WV.

Pirates players who took part in the CARE-a-van included Francisco Cervelli, John Holdzkom, Andrew Lambo, Charlie Morton, Gregory Polanco, Chris Stewart and Sean Rodriguez along with prospects Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon and coaches Jeff Branson, Brad Fischer, Nick Leyva, Euclides Rojas, Ray Searage and Rick Sofield.


The three-day CARE-a-van featured three separate groups of players and coaches traveling to private community action events throughout the region. 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 community organizations.

At each visit players, coaches and front office employees donated their time and talents to help make a difference in each community.

2014 Care-A-Van Photos

Pirates Charities Winter CARE-a-van complete schedule

Group 1

Featuring Charlie Morton, Jameson Taillon, Sean Rodriguez, Ray Searage and Rick Sofield.

Date Location Time Event Details
Wed., Dec. 10 Youngstown, OH 10 a.m. - 12 noon Brunch and art lesson with the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center
Wed., Dec. 10 Wheeling, WV 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Annual holiday party
Thu., Dec. 11 Pittsburgh 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Partner with the LaRoche baseball team to assist with the filling of care packages
Thu., Dec. 11 Morgantown, WV 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Stepping Stones Holiday Party; Special Q&A with Pirates celebrities
Fri., Dec. 12 Pittsburgh 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tickets for Kids Bowling Event

Group 2

Featuring John Holdzkom, Andrew Lambo, Tyler Glasnow, Jeff Branson and Nick Leyva.

Date Location Time Event Details
Wed., Dec. 10 Greensburg, PA 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. West Hempfield Middle School assembly in partnership with the Carnegie Science Center
Wed., Dec. 10 Johnstown, PA 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. "Beginnings" Holiday Party
Thu., Dec. 11 Altoona, PA 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Food for Families, Family Kitchen event
Thu., Dec. 11 Indiana, PA 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Shopping event and check presentation
Fri., Dec. 12 Hopewell, PA 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Hopewell Elementary School program in partnership with Highmark Caring Place

Group 3

Featuring Gregory Polanco, Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart, Euclides Rojas and Brad Fischer.

Date Location Time Event Details
Wed., Dec. 10 Washington, PA 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Salvation Army "Adopt a Family" Shopping Event, in partnership with Dick's Sporting Goods
Wed., Dec. 10 Pittsburgh 11:20 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Pressley Ridge shopping event, in partnership with Dick's Sporting Goods and Aramark and Moe's
Thu., Dec. 11 Beaver, PA 12 noon - 2 p.m. Project Bundle-Up shopping event, in partnership with Dick's Sporting Goods and Chick-fil-a
Fri., Dec. 12 Butler, PA 12:00 noon - 2 p.m. Butler County Childrens' Center visit in partnership with WISR