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2015 Pirates Charities Winter CARE-a-van

The 2015 Pirates Charities CARE-a-van, presented by Highmark, took place from December 9-11, participating in private community events leading up to the 26th PirateFest, presented by Chick-fil-A.

The CARE-a-van made a total of 24 stops impacting 13 cities in the greater Pittsburgh area, including stops in Altoona, PA -- home of the Pirates Double-A affiliate the Altoona Curve -- and Morgantown, WV -- home of the Pirates Single-A affiliate the West Virginia Black Bears.

Pirates Major and Minor League players who took part in the CARE-a-van included Keon Broxton, Arquimedes Caminero, Jake Goebbert, Alen Hanson, John Holdzkom, Nick Kingham, Rob Scahill, Chris Stewart and coaches Brad Fischer, Dave Jauss, Nick Leyva, Herbie Andrade, Ray Searage and Rick Sofield.

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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 visited 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.


2015 CARE-a-van Photos

Pirates Charities Winter CARE-a-van complete schedule


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Group 1: Keon Broxton, Nick Kingham and Nick Leyva
Youngstown, OH - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Butler Art Institute of American Art exhibit treasure hunt with local students
Girard, OH - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Emmanuel Community Care Center Toy Drive
Group 2: Arquimedes Caminero, Rob Scahill, Ray Searage and Heberto Andrade
Greensburg, PA - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Beverly's Birthdays birthday/holiday party benefiting families from the Westmoreland County Children's Bureau
Johnstown, PA - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Arbutus Park Retirement Community visit (5 p.m.), in partnership with Pirates radio affiliate Forever Media
"Beginnings, Inc." holiday party at Aces Banquets and Catering (6 p.m.), in partnership with Pirates radio affiliate Forever Media
Group 3: Jake Goebbert, Alen Hanson, John Holdzkom and Brad Fischer
Pittsburgh - 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank repack event in partnership with La Roche College
Pittsburgh - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Allegheny Health Network Wexford Wellness Pavilion holiday party for pediatric orthopedic patients and families, in partnership with Allegheny Health Network and Highmark

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Group 1: Keon Broxton, Nick Kingham, Nick Leyva and Rick Sofield
Pittsburgh - 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Jefferson Hospital holiday breakfast with patients battling cancer, in partnership with Allegheny Health Network and Highmark
Morgantown, WV - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"SteppingStones" holiday party, in partnership with West Virginia Black Bears
Group 2: Arquimedes Caminero, Rob Scahill, Ray Searage and Heberto Andrade
Altoona, PA - 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
"Project Bundle Up" event at the Logan Towne Center Dick's Sporting Goods, in partnership with Dick's Sporting Goods and the Altoona Curve
Indiana, PA - 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Teddy Bear Fund Drive check presentation at Benjamin's Restaurant (5 p.m.)
Project Bundle Up shopping event at the 700 Shop, in partnership with Pirates radio affiliate Renda Broadcasting Corporation (6 p.m.)
Group 3: Jake Goebbert, Alen Hanson, John Holdzkom and Brad Fischer
Beaver, PA - Noon to 2 p.m.
St. Barnabas "Presents for Patients" visit at Beaver Meadows
Steubenville, OH - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Salvation Army "Coats for Kids" Shopping Event at the Fort Steuben Mall Dick's Sporting Goods, in partnership with WTOV Channel 9
Wheeling, WV - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Miracle League holiday party at the Wheeling YMCA

Friday, December 11, 2015

Group 1: Keon Broxton, Nick Kingham, Chris Stewart, Nick Leyva and Dave Jauss
Butler, PA
Backpack packing and school assembly at McQuistion Elementary School, in partnership with Pirates radio affiliate WBUT
Group 2: Arquimedes Caminero, Rob Scahill, Ray Searage and Heberto Andrade
Pittsburgh - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holiday Xtravaganza Shopping Day at Pressley Ridge in partnership with ARAMARK (9:30 a.m.)
Special Olympics "Super" Plunge at Station Square (11:45 a.m.)
Group 3: Jake Goebbert, Alen Hanson, John Holdzkom, Brad Fischer and Rick Sofield
Pittsburgh - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tickets for Kids Charities bowling party with Urban Pathways Charter School at Swissvale Arcade Lanes