Suns Pitch in $3,700 For Breast Cancer Awareness

Suns Pitch in $3,700 For Breast Cancer Awareness

Municipal Stadium hosted many moms, fundraisers and breast cancer awareness programs on Mother's Day Weekend. The Second Annual "Pitching Pink" celebration was expanded from a one-day campaign in 2006 to a full weekend in 2007. The results increased as well. More than 6300 fans attended games last weekend and the Hagerstown Suns raised $3,707 to be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley (BCA-CV).
The weekend began on Friday night with the Suns' first Friday Night Fireworks show of the season. Lite 95.7fm, The Real Red Baron, Phoenix Color and Associated Radiologists were presenting sponsors of the "Pitching Pink" Weekend. Y2Knit was present all three days and donated three knitted blankets that were raffled one per day - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The rain on Saturday night may have scared away some fans, but it could not stop the success of the second annual "Shirt Off Our Backs" pink jersey auction. Suns players wore pink jerseys during the game as a silent auction of their game-worn jerseys occurred simultaneously. At the top of the 6th inning the auction became live as Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director, and BCA-CV Board Member, Tom Riford donated his time as the auctioneer. Twenty-nine jerseys and one pink team-autographed, game-used base were auctioned. "My #07 jersey was the last one auctioned and I am proud that Tom was able to sell it for $110," said Suns General Manager Will Smith. "It's a great program for a wonderful local philanthropic organization. Every time I speak with Joan Fell and Janet Lung, I am amazed at how much they are able to accomplish in the Hagerstown region."
On Sunday, May 13th the first 1,000 fans received a white cap with a pink Suns logo and breast cancer awareness ribbon embroidered. Sunday marked the end of a month-long promotion where the Suns sold breast cancer awareness ribbons for $1.00 each. In total the Suns raised $461.00 through this portion of the breast cancer awareness campaign of 2007. A portion of these ribbons were also sold on Friday, May 11th during "Donald vs. Rosie Night". Fans were able to cast their vote of who was the superior star by purchasing a breast cancer awareness ribbon. At the end of the voting on Friday night, Donald Trump was selected by Suns' fans as the winner.
"Thank you to the Hagerstown Suns, the players, and all the sponsors for their support of Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley! All the funds raised will be used for local early detection and after diagnosis programs. Last year alone BCA-CV funded over $45,000 in free mammograms for area individuals. Pitchin' Pink is a great weekend of baseball and raising breast cancer awareness at the ball park," said Joan Fell, Executive Director of the BCA-CV.
Anyone interested in participating in the BCA-CV Free Mammogram Program, can call the BCA - CV office at 301-791-5843. If you fit the BCA-CV guidelines, and have your mammogram done through the program, individuals will receive a $20 Wal-Mart gift card for free. "We feel getting a mammogram is too important. We're here to help those who can not wait for a cure," added Fell.
The Suns are a single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals and are owned by Los Angeles based Mandalay Baseball Properties. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Suns a 301-791-6266 or visit online at www.hagerstownsuns.com.