Pirates and ROOT SPORTS partner to host "Pirates Charities Night on ROOT SPORTS"

Proceeds to benefit Pirates Charities and organizations supporting underserved youth

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities announced, in conjunction with ROOT SPORTS, the "Pirates Charities Night on ROOT SPORTS" is scheduled for Friday, July 22, when the Pirates host the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park.

ROOT SPORTS will broadcast the event live during the game from the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club inside PNC Park. A phone bank and table-- staffed by Pirates players' wives, Front Office Executives and personnel -- will be stationed inside the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club to take live orders for VIP and VIP PLUS backpacks. Last season fans all across the country joined to support a telecast that raised more than $715,000 for Pirates Charities and three non-profit organizations that support ALS patients and their families.

Proceeds from this year's telecast will benefit Pirates Charities and three non-profit organizations helping children in our community.

The three organizations that will be supported by the 2016 "Pirates Charities Night on ROOT SPORTS" are Beverly's Birthdays, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's Backpack Program, and the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

On Friday, fans will have the opportunity to purchase exclusive VIP and VIP PLUS Backpacks for a donation of $200 and $600, respectively. Each backpack includes items specially designed for the "Pirates Charities Night on ROOT SPORTS" event and cannot be purchased anywhere else.

The Pirates Charities/ROOT SPORTS backpacks will include a baseball autographed by a Pittsburgh Pirates player, a baseball autographed by a Pirates alumnus, Pirates tickets, a specially designed Willie Stargell bobblehead, an Andrew McCutchen signature cap, a Josh Harrison t-shirt, a Pirates tumbler, a Pirate Parrot plush doll and a Pirates Charities car charger/adaptor.

The VIP PLUS Backpack includes everything in a regular VIP Backpack, PLUS an authentic gold Pirates "Sunday alternate" game jersey guaranteed to be autographed by either Andrew McCutchen, Mark Melancon, Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte or Francisco Cervelli.

The VIP and VIP PLUS backpacks can be purchased throughout the night, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in person at the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club (for fans in attendance), online at pirates.com/charitynight or by calling (412) 325-4888, while supplies last.

For complete details on the July 22 Charity Night as well as information on the organizations that will benefit from the night's event, please visit pirates.com/charitynight